Edge Hill Halls was the overall winner of the 2010 Integrated Habitats Design Competition. Designed by Maria-Cristina Banceanu, the site is a brownfield which previously accommodated a rail depot, the Edge Hill railway station, located in Liverpool. The design transforms this former rail depot into student housing for over 500 students complete with a greenhouse, underground parking, tennis courts, recreation area and a medical clinic. The former depot building is turned into the green house by enclosing the building which will feed the students.
The terraced buildings themselves have all the bells and whistles of green building design including partially submerged wood structures for better insulation, a south facing aspect for light and heat, rainwater collection and reservoir for non-potable water usage, a double tank septic system, solar panels, green roofs and something called ‘the bund’, an earth structure surrounding the site made up from the excavated soil and used to reduce noise pollution and direct rainwater to the reservoir.