Students set to move into brand new student accommodation in Leeds
Hundreds of students are set to move into new state-of-the-art halls of residence at the University of Leeds next month.
Construction company Morgan Sindall has handed over the keys to the new £21.4 million Storm Jameson Court accommodation complex, reinforcing its reputation as a leading provider of student accommodation.
The company, which has local offices in Green Lane, Garforth, has now delivered over 1,100 beds in Yorkshire over the last three years.
The new facility in Mount Preston Street at the University of Leeds has been kitted out with 460 ensuite modern bedrooms in two half-hexagonal-shaped student accommodation blocks, standing at eight and six storeys high, respectively.
It forms part of the Charles Morris complex, which also offers premier higher education conference facilities to be used during the summer holiday break. The complex is named after a former University of Leeds student, Margaret Storm Jameson, a prolific 20th century writer.
It is the fourth student accommodation scheme that Morgan Sindall has successfully delivered in Yorkshire. Morgan Sindall has constructed 247 bedrooms at the Bleachfield development at the University of York in Heslington Road, York, in 2007. In the same year the company completed a 221-bed complex, known as The Forge 2, for UNITE Group plc (UNITE) in Sheffield.
The company recently handed over the keys to a 198-bed complex at Leeds Trinity University College in Horsforth.
“We are delighted to unveil the completed state-of-the-art facilities at the University of Leeds,” says Chris Brown, Morgan Sindall area director. “We pride ourselves on being a market leader in the delivery of high-quality student accommodation and this project has been another example of living up to this status.
“We hope the students will like their new homes and find them an ideal base as they start or continue their studies. We wish them all the best for the future.”
Dennis Hopper, director of facilities management at the University of Leeds, added: “The university is delighted with the new accommodation provided at Storm Jameson Court – part of the Charles Morris Hall site. The development provides 460 en-suite bedrooms of exceptional quality and which undoubtedly shoot straight to the top of our students’ popularity ratings.
“It will also provide a hotel quality environment for conference delegates attending events at the university. Our working relationship with Morgan Sindall throughout the project could not have been better and to have the building handed over on-time is incredibly important for the university’s reputation and for the students who will soon move in.”
The company is also working on a £4 million refurbishment to the Colour Science Laboratory at the university in Woodhouse Lane. The project involves creating new offices and meeting rooms, which can be used by businesses.