Europa House

Cutting-edge student accommodation in central Portsmouth


Towering above Portsmouth Harbour, Europa House previously served as an office block, which comprised of a 12-storey building and a three-storey annex. It had to be completely transformed into a series of private studios and shared apartments, offering 242 beds in total.


Our client Empiric Student Property (ESP) tasked rpa:group’s Architects with carrying out an initial optimisation exercise, in order to enhance the use of the internal space. We were also instructed to design the communal interior areas in line with the ESP brand guidelines and acted as guardian architect during the entire programme of works, in order to ensure that the development strictly adhered to these.


The all-important need to provide today’s students with communal learning and sociable spaces, has been met with the provision of a gym, a lounge, an on-site cinema and a games room, as well as numerous reading rooms and study spaces. Careful consideration has been given to the interior design and layouts, which have been decorated to a high specification in order to provide a comfortable and stylish environment for its residents.

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