Unite Students, the UK’s largest student accommodation operator, announces £65m refurbishment projects to take place across three of their purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) properties in Manchester – Parkway Gate, Kincardine Court and New Medlock House. Work on all three schemes are due to complete by September, for the beginning of the 2022/23 academic year.
The projects, which are already underway, will include the creation of over 100 new student beds, enhanced sustainability with improved EPC ratings, the installation of upgraded cladding for enhanced fire safety in line with the latest government regulations, and other enhancements for more sustainable day-to-day operations.
“These projects represent a significant investment for Unite Students. The enhancements reflect our current priorities: the day-to-day happiness of our residents, strong partnerships with leading universities, and the wellbeing and safety of all those who live and work in our buildings.” Tom Brewerton, Group Development Director, Unite StudentsTom Brewerton, Group Development Director, Unite Students
Parkway Gate is undergoing a £38m refurbishment. Unite Students will make significant alterations to the outer shell of the building for fire safety improvements and a full internal rework, which will include creating new common spaces such as a gym, cinema room and study areas. 14 new beds will be added as part of the work, bringing the student accommodation scheme to a total to 754. New air source heat pumps and windows will also be installed throughout the property, improving environmental performance.
Work at Kincardine Court includes a £12.1m 92-bed new build extension, as well as a £3.28m refurbishment of the existing property to enhance its EPC rating. New features will reduce water wastage and boost energy efficiency, including a smart energy management system. During trials of the new features, water use at the property has been reduced by 50%.
New Medlock House is undergoing a £11.2m refurbishment to enhance its EPC rating. Much of Unite Students’ focus will be on environmental enhancements, with the installation of air source heat pumps and improvements to the solar panel system, amongst other measures.
“The business recently launched its refreshed sustainability strategy and pathway to net zero by 2030. Upgrades like these in Manchester form a central part of the journey. We are determined to operate in the most sustainable and resource-efficient way we can. Work continues at pace, and we look forward to welcoming students back to the new and improved properties at the start of the next academic year.”Tom Brewerton, Group Development Director, Unite Students