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Broadway Malyan set sights on Polish uni work

Broadway Malyan hopes a major refurbishment of Soviet-era student accommodation in Krakow will lead to further university work in Poland

The London-headquartered practice, which has offices in Warsaw, won a competition for the new student housing scheme at Jagiellonian University Medical College.

The project will overhaul three existing 10-storey tower blocks and includes new sports facilities on the 4ha site.

Broadway Malyan is working for project manager Bouygues and hopes the public-private partnership model being used for the scheme will be picked up by other universities.

‘It is an emerging model in Poland. Jagiellonian University hopes to showcase it to other universities,’ said Broadway Malyan director of architecture Robert Kaminski.

‘Universities in Poland are attracting students from the former Russian republic as they offer great teaching. But many are struggling with their accommodation.’

Sports facilities to be built at Jagiellonian University include a multi-purpose pitch; volleyball and tennis courts; and a running track. The scheme will also see partial refurbishment of a pavilion building housing educational and administrative facilities.

Broadway Malyan said its concept design aimed to create ‘an environment which emphasises a community feel’.

Large common rooms will include kitchen space, sitting rooms and leisure areas on each floor. The design also features shared facilities on each block’s ground floor, with sitting areas and cafés adjacent to receptions.

A design review process is underway with a building permit application scheduled for April 2014.

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