Nova Shining Bright

Archive Fusion – Nottingham City Centre

Imagine changing the face of student accommodation in the Midlands. 

The outstanding student accommodation at Nova presented a never-before-seen lifestyle offering for Nottingham’s students. With 437 beds, a variety of room options and a huge range of amenities, it became the best place to live in the city. 

Designed to be the best student accommodation in Sheffield

What we included:

  • Social spaces designed to be enjoyed
  • Innovative amenity spaces including a party room, cold store for grocery deliveries and a sun lounge 
  • Dedicated gym space 
  • Games and cinema room

Finished Value – £52m

8-minute bus to University of Nottingham

5-minute walk to Nottingham Trent University

3-minute walk into Nottingham City Centre

437 rooms

Live + Relax 

Nova offers 437 beds, with three room options available to suit all preferences and budgets. En-suites are perfect for students looking to share the university experience with friends and enjoy a social experience. Linked rooms provide the opportunity to share with a friend and studios are available for those who favour the joys of solitude.

Socialise + Study

With 858 beds and a wide range of different room-types, we had to design the vast social space to appeal to a large group of students.

The social area was split across two floors and across two different buildings to maximise the community within the building.

We created a dedicated event space with fridge and cooking facilities, dubbed The Pantry because of its design. Also encouraging that community spirit, we had two private dining areas, break-out gaming, TV and KTC rooms and a study Library for collaborative learning.


Virtual gym classes. Dedicated cardio equipment. Outdoor bootcamp space. The students of Nottingham demanded quality fitness zones as part of their University experience so we delivered with Nova. 

Take a Look Around

Archive Info

Completed in 2013


  • Conservation area with art deco main building
  • Retain historic façade and demolish 1970s office towers
  • Design multi-structure layout to facilitate sense of community 
  • Innovative marketing support to attract overseas students


  • Stand-out social building
  • Welcoming reception and interiors have created a community
  • Maximum occupancy since launch

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