State of the art new 600-bed student accommodation scheme to commence in Leeds.

Posted on May 12, 2021 by Natalie Phillips

State of the art new 600-bed student accommodation scheme to commence in Leeds.

Pickard Properties has committed to begin the demolition of an existing 20-year-old, 239-bed, student scheme on Carlton Hill in Leeds, replacing it with a larger and more sustainable new build 604-bed purpose-built student scheme. 

The new building, which will be 15 storeys at the highest point, has been designed to provide affordable living, with a strong emphasis on an environment to support the students’ mental health and well-being.

Demolition of the existing four storey scheme will commence on site at the end of April, with plans for students to move into the new building during September 2023.

The move comes after Pickard Properties, advised by Fox Lloyd Jones, and Unipol Student Homes finalised a creative deal structure following three years of dialogue.

The new £40m scheme, will be leased by Unipol and will house students exclusively nominated by the University of Leeds. The development will have larger than standard bedrooms and living spaces and incorporate several fully landscaped three-storey ‘sky gardens’, allocated to clusters of apartments.

The open-air theme also extends to ground floor level with its own courtyard, providing a combination of natural and interactive spaces for student studying and socialising.

As well as advising on the deal structure, Fox Lloyd Jones will also be acting as Project Manager, Quantity Surveyor and Development Manager from commencement through to hand over.

The company will be working alongside GMI, which has been appointed as main contractor on the scheme.

Speaking about the development, director of Pickard Properties, Miles Pickard, said,

“We recognise that there has been a huge change to students’ needs, and therefore a considerable amount of thought has been given to the design, social circulation and interaction for the wellbeing of students.

“We are really looking forward to developing Carlton Hill for the students of Leeds to enjoy this modern, cutting-edge addition to the accommodation available to them in the city.

Daniel Jamieson of Fox Lloyd Jones, added,

“It has been a great team effort to get over some complex hurdles around planning, funding, demolition and contractor appointment and we are pleased to finally get the scheme to site and are excited to deliver what will be a landmark development for the city perfectly located to serve its growing student population.”

Lee Powell, Divisional Director of GMI, added,

“This is a significant project win and we are looking forward to working with Pickard Properties, Fox Lloyd Jones and the rest of the team in changing the landscape of the Leeds City skyline.

“The scheme enables GMI to enhance its successful track record of delivering student residential living and we are proud to be involved in a ground-breaking design that caters for students’ mental wellbeing. It also represents a significant step forward in terms of employment and skills in the Leeds City region.”

Martin Blakey of Unipol said,

” We are looking forward to 2023 when we will take delivery of what will be an exciting new living environment, available at an affordable rent providing value for money, for students of the University. Everyone involved in this development has worked hard to ensure that this building will be a home from home and a great place to live.”

Other companies involved in the scheme are architects Halliday Clark; planning consultant Quod; civil and structural engineers Sweco; services engineer Hoare Lea; and landscape architect Smeeden Foreman.

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