The scheme has fully restored, remodelled and refurbished the existing heritage buildings as well as creating three new build blocks to provide high quality facilities for the students in residence on this site rich with history.
A coaching inn is known to have occupied the premises for hundreds of years. The earliest detailed plan is a town plan of 1861 and this shows the Three Tuns Public House occupying two former C18th town houses and a building to the south. The Three Tuns continued to expand and develop over the years and traded more or less continuously as a bar and hotel until its relatively recent decline and closure in 2013.
SPACE Director David Coundon commented, “The renovation of the prominent and historic Three Tuns Hotel breathes new life into this area of the City. The scheme provides a sympathetic function in order to bring these much-loved redundant buildings back into use whilst also reinstating the former street frontage to New Elvet.”
Simon Williams, Director of Three Tuns Development Ltd further remarked, “The proposals developed by the SPACE team show a good mix of study rooms, studio rooms and individual, cluster and communal facilities… provided across the new and existing buildings on this sensitive site within the Conservation Area. By rationalising the layout of the new blocks, we feel that the architect maximised the quality of the internal and external spaces.”