Rivermead Islands is a family-owned, independent and purpose-built student community. They provide beautiful purpose built student apartments, offering luxury student living right next to Anglia Ruskin University’s Chelmsford campus in Essex.

Split over two islands, Rivermead Islands has redeveloped an old industrial area to compliment the contemporary university buildings and surrounding natural environment with DAP Architecture Ltd.

Elfin Kitchens were appointed to design and deliver 54 kitchen sets to cater for the 300 individual ensuite bedrooms at The Lofts & Pointview apartment blocks.

Tom McCain and Neill Andrew from Elfin worked with the team to create a minimalistic bank of kitchen units that were fit-for-purpose with clean lines, ample storage and full size ovens for ease of use.

Tom and Neill proposed a bespoke design made up of two of the 1800mm Premium range kitchens in slate grey, with brushed stainless steel work tops for durability, four zone induction hobs (easy clean) and a large sink.

Electric, height adjustable work tops were also added to two of the kitchens to improve accessibility for all students.

All of the kitchens were delivered prebuilt – with a full kitchen set delivered per pallet, ready for plug and play installation…nice and easy!

From order to delivery in only 8 weeks!


Managing Director Rivermead Islands said, ‘We’ve been really pleased with our whole experience with Elfin from start to finish. At the initial design stage, Tom and Neill sat down with us and showed us the options available both in person and on screen to find the kitchen units best suited to our project. Delivery was also great as Elfin were able to deliver a large quantity and willing to adapt to changing delivery timeframes which made our lives so much easier. Finally the product we received was of excellent quality – smart in appearance and extremely durable – which is exactly what we wanted. I couldn’t recommend the team at Elfin more highly.’