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Greener, sustainable buildings

We’re designing, constructing and managing our buildings to be sustainable, and provide a healthy, inspiring environment for those who work or live there.


What sustainable construction looks like at Unite Students

What does a sustainable new development look like in practice right now, what solutions are there to key sources of embodied carbon, and what are some of the challenges being faced when it comes to building sustainable new developments?

Listen or read our full interview with Nicholas Pigula, our Sustainability Construction Manager below.

Featured property

Our greenest ever new-build property

Building work has started on Unite Students’ latest 271-bed property in Nottingham, which will have the lowest embodied carbon of any its new-build properties to date.

This is Unite Students’ first low carbon concrete project, also featuring high efficiency heating and sustainable cooling systems

With estimated development costs of £34 million, Bromley Place is designed to cater for postgraduate students from Nottingham’s two leading universities

Unite Students' Bromley PIace, Nottingham

Targeting BREEAM Excellent for all new buildings

September 2022 saw the opening of the latest properties in the Unite Students development pipeline. Campbell House, situated in the heart of Bristol, is on the site of a former Georgian hospital.

As part of the company’s commitment to sustainability, the site has been built with extensive solar panelling, as well as air source heat pumps. There is also extensive cycle storage – with enough space for residents and their guests to store a bike. The development has achieved a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.

Campbell House, Bristol
Unite Students - Student bike
Unite Students - Accessibility

Making our buildings accessible and adaptable for everyone

We play a part. We have accessible rooms available in most properties.  All our new developments have DDA bedrooms incorporating accessible shower facilities and areas as part of the design. We also able to retrofit rooms to deal with any additional needs and support visual or hearing impairments. In addition, service or support animals can be accommodated with prior notification.

Unite Students Artisan Heights - students walking

Supporting health and wellbeing of building users

Adopting sustainable behaviours: The Group is committed to being a responsible and resilient business.  We aim to achieve this goal by making our buildings more sustainable, buy 100% renewable electricity and report publicly on our activity in this area. As part of our student charter we encourage students to reduce their environmental impact by recycling waste, conserving energy and not wasting water. 

Unite Students - Vegetable Patch

Protecting wildlife and nature on our properties

As part of our Positive Impact programme, many of our teams work to re-wild our sites for the benefit of our students, our staff, and our wildlife too.

We're lucky enough to have a wide range of diverse habitats across our sites that provide homes for some of the most exciting species in British wildlife… Badgers, foxes, deer, sparrowhawks and bats.