A new £12.5m purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme – known as Union – in Leeds is on target for completion – which is due before the end of this year. The scheme is being developed by Burley Place Ltd. The site – which is flanked by Park Lane at the rear – was previously home to a redundant office building that was demolished to make way for the new development – with Tolent Construction as the principal contractor.
“We’ve worked hard to overcome the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic and we’re delighted that Union is on track to complete later this year. Union will set a whole new benchmark in terms of space, facilities and overall quality. It’s set to become a landmark building for Burley Street and it’s a fantastic development for Tolent to put our name to.”John Currie, Regional Director, Tolent
The Union PBSA scheme will include 87 extremely spacious and modern studio apartments within the seven storey development. There will also be several wheelchair friendly apartments. Eager students have already begun to reserve apartments within the development.
All apartments will include a modern kitchens, a luxury on-suite bathroom, contemporary furniture, a flat screen TV and an entertainment space. They will also have high-speed fibre optic internet.
“Our aim is to provide a high-quality lifestyle and a smarter way of living. We are looking beyond providing the basic needs for students, aiming to create spaces that make life less stressful and more enjoyable.”Hamze Idriss, a Project Manager from Burley Place Ltd
Union also offers secure access, a concierge service and 24-hour security. Amenities include study areas, a large well-equipped gym, communal lounge, a cinema room, games zone and laundry facilities. There is also a large communal kitchen and social space for students to get-togethers for parties and other events. The scheme also offers electric vehicle charging points and cycle storage.
Union PBSA apartments will be fronting directly onto Burley Street and are in walking distance from Leeds Beckett University and the University of Leeds – as well as Leeds city centre. There will also be a Co-op convenience store opening on the ground floor.
Union will be marketed and managed exclusively by HOP, who have recently rebranded from Let Leeds.
“Union will be finished to an exceptional standard, with superb communal facilities. There are a range of apartments providing an impressive 28 square metres of living accommodation on average, which surpasses almost everything else on the market in Leeds.
“The development is in a perfect location, close to both the city’s universities and within easy reach of all Leeds city centre’s leisure and retail amenities, as well as being less than a mile from Leeds Railway Station.
“Early signs suggest that students are undeterred by the pandemic and we’re already reserving apartments and generating high levels of interest from both existing students and new starters.”Neil Dawkin, General Manager, HOP