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Sustainable, student-led design

Designing the campus of the future

At UPP we have a proud history of leading innovation in campus accommodation, working with world-leading architects to build or redevelop highly sustainable student accommodation that meets Passivhaus, BREEAM and WELL standards.

But we also understand that the success of any campus will be driven by the overall student experience. That’s why we engage directly with students, and bring their feedback and insight into our design process. That way, we can ensure we are creating the best environment – indoors and outdoors – for students to live and learn.

Why UPP?

We build on our 25 years’ experience to create and redevelop accommodation that students will cherish as their first home.

Sustainable construction

We know our buildings will be occupied for decades, so we design for the long-term, using contemporary ‘fabric first’ methods of construction that minimise carbon and that can be maintained with minimal disruption to students, to ensure our partners get the best value for their investment.

Flexible spaces

Our campuses offer more than just a room. We look at the whole environment – indoors and outdoors – and have incorporated lecture theatres, meeting rooms, student union offices and leisure facilities – even allotments and apiaries to meet the needs of our students so they, in turn, can make the most of their university experience.

Designed to support wellbeing

We prioritise accessibility, interaction with green spaces, and a balance between private places, study areas and community spaces are at the heart of our developments, creating an inclusive environment for students to live and learn.


Student Residences

Including cluster flats with en suite or shared bathrooms, townhouses and studios

Campus buildings

From lecture theatres and academic accommodation to student unions and retail spaces

Study spaces

Flexible informal spaces to support peer learning and reduce the risk of isolation

Grounds maintenance

Maintaining existing grounds whilst also encouraging biodiversity on site

Social spaces

Indoor and outdoor spaces including gyms, nightclubs, cinema rooms, gardens, allotments and sports facilities

Key numbers


Years’ experience in higher education


Passivhaus student accommodation in the UK


Townhouse design solution for students in the UK