“Yeh you can go up there” the guy laying the paving told me, “just don’t step on any of the gravel.”
This was fine by me. I clearly couldn’t go up here, in fact, I’m fairly confident Hes East is a closed site. Clearly my blasé attitude, long winter coat and notepad hadn’t alerted the poor workmen to my unauthorised entrance. That, or he really didn’t care. Either way, I was in. The elusive Hes East was my oyster.
From the top of the hill it looks rough. Like a building site, a proper building site. The type where things always seem to be going on and nothing going up.
To be fair, only the nucleus and accommodation is finished, but I can’t help but think that Goodricke freshers aren’t going to care whether their immediate surroundings are finished when they’re woken up at 8am after a night in Ziggys by the sound of the law department being built.
The accommodation, as expected, is quite nice. The designer clearly had a problem with right angles though; the rooms are not rectangular, but rather slightly strange funnel shapes – undoubtedly making intoxication even more exciting. The rooms are nice though, as is the general area and posh posh kitchens, complete with long dining tables, hanging fittings and breakfast islands.
Feeling like some sort of Bernstein/Holmes crossover (but with the covert skills of the guy with the phone off of Trigger Happy TV) I managed to sneak out my Blackberry and snap a few pictures.
The following pictures contain colour combinations never even imagined before. Viewer discretion is advised
Let me draw your attention to the delightful pink building which the people in design clearly thought Goodricke students would enjoy. Also of interest is the peculiar shape of one of Goodricke’s corridors. Do note the rather fetching cranes looming over the bedrooms of Kenneth Dixon Court.
Although I did gain access to a bedroom, there was no way to sneak a camera out. I can report that Goodricke’s 600 residents will undoubtedly be living in luxury, although noone seems able to tell me when that luxury will stop being in the middle of a building site!