Byron House, Nottingham

Student Accommodation

Byron House, Student Accommodation, Nottingham

Byron House is an award-winning accommodation scheme in the heart of Nottingham city centre. P.A.W.'s light gauge steel frame expertise enabled the eye-catching and imaginative designs to take shape.

Situated in a vibrant urban environment just minutes away from the city's academic facilities, Byron House is a 911-bed student scheme that incorporates a series of five interlinked buildings with heights ranging from 4 to 9 storeys.

The P.A.W. design team worked closely with Vinci, the main contractor, to deliver a very successful scheme within a constricted urban site. Bespoke light gauge steel frames were needed to achieve the complex façade requirements of the stunning buildings, designed by Church Lukas architects.

The angular, non-standard shapes of the buildings can be clearly seen in the photograph above and Block A (shown on the left above) includes a significant overhang, which created an unprecedented challenge to the P.A.W. team.

From the outset it was clear that bespoke frames would be needed to achieve the angles and the stability and strength required. The relationship between the light gauge steel frames and the traditional frames which support the landscaped roof gardens was also a key consideration.

The size and context of the overhang of Block A is something that has never been attempted in light gauge steel before. We came up with an innovative solution and we are delighted with the outcome.

James Walker, Commercial Director, P.A.W. Structures

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Project details


Nottingham Trent University

P.A.W. Contract Value

Circa £4m

Frame Details

  • 5 buildings – total floor area 23,746m²: Gill Street 7,674m², Block A 5,395m², Block B 4,629m², Blocks C&D 6,048m²
  • Building heights are 4 to 9 storeys
  • P.A.W. designed, manufactured and installed the frames
  • P.A.W. also designed and installed bespoke hot rolled steel staircases

Programme Duration

Frames erected in 36 weeks

Main Contractor


Concept Architect

Church Lukas


Airey & Coles


Nominated for 6 industry awards


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Byron House, Nottingham

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