Press release: Embargoed until 18:00 August 22
Your chance to step inside shipping container student accommodation
Residents are being offered the opportunity to step inside innovative housing which is being proposed for a brownfield site in Penryn.
An application to house 264 students in recycled and renovated shipping containers on the Kernick Industrial Estate has already been submitted to Cornwall Council, along with proposals for a health centre and surgery in the former Home Shed building on the site.
And the developer, Irregular Cornwall, will be taking one of the units on tour later this month.
The containers are environmentally-friendly, affordable and would help to ease the pressure from students on local housing in Falmouth and Penryn.
Earlier this year Cornwall Council voted to increase the number of students enrolled on courses at Falmouth University’s Penryn Campus from 5,000 to 7,500 full time equivalents by 2022
The purpose-built shipping container accommodation for students in South Kernick would be within walking distance of the Penryn Campus, with rents set below the current average cost for student accommodation locally.
It is also likely that the containers would be manufactured in Cornwall.
Innovation hubs that will assist the growth of the local, knowledge-based economy are also envisaged.
Overall there will be an increase in business space across the development area and companies both large and small are being encouraged to contact the Irregular Cornwall team with requests, suggestions and ideas to help them anticipate, and satisfy demand now and in the future.
Project manager Andy Cook said: “Irregular Cornwall has been encouraged by the positive reaction to siting the health centre in the old Home Shed building.
“This has led to a number of other businesses enquiring about relocating to both the application and master plan site too and Irregular are working with these businesses to see how their requirements can be accommodated in the scheme.
“We would encourage anyone looking for business space in the area to either come along to the roadshow or make contact through the Irregular website: http://www.irregularcornwall.com
The developer also anticipates an overall reduction in traffic in the area due to the nature of the project and other transport options that are being considered.
These include lockable cycle storage for every unit along with in excess of 70 off-road car parking spaces on the application site (326 for the masterplan in total) and the potential for an on-site car sharing club.
The shipping container which is being taken on tour will be kitted out with some of the best examples of Cornwall crafts and products including items from the St Eval Candle Company, Seasalt Cornwall, Tom Raffield and Mark Product.
Mr Cook said: “We have travelled far and wide to find the best examples of shipping containers being used as student accommodation, from Amsterdam to Berlin and Copenhagen to Le Havre.
“The student accommodation would offer a mix of high quality rooms for undergraduate, postgraduate and international students, including rooms with disabled access.
“All rooms would have en-suite facilities and high bandwidth internet and communication networks. The scheme would benefit from landscaped gardens, a swimming pool, gym facilities, and significant provision for cycle storage.”
For details of where the show home will be, go to the Irregular Cornwall website http://www.irregularcornwall.com
Date: Tuesday 29th and Wednesday 30th August – 1000 – 1600
Location: The Moor Piazza, Falmouth, TR11 3QA
Date: Thursday 31st August & Friday 1st September – 1000 – 1600
Location: Kernick, former Homeshed site, 2-3 Britannia Business Park, Kernick Rd, Penryn TR10 9DD
Date: Friday 1st September – Friday 29th September – 1000-1600
Location: Falmouth University, Penryn Campus, Penryn TR10 9FE