Pickard Properties reaches completion at Carlton Hill

Carlton Hill prepares to welcome its first students as Pickard Properties celebrates the completion of its Leeds purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development.

Pickard Properties has completed its Carlton Hill PBSA scheme in Leeds. Pictured: Pickard Properties directors, Miles Pickard, Catherine Coleman and Simon Pickard, at the newly completed Carlton Hill | PBSA News
Pickard Properties has completed its Carlton Hill PBSA scheme in Leeds. Pictured: Pickard Properties directors, Miles Pickard, Catherine Coleman and Simon Pickard, at the newly completed Carlton Hill.

PBSA provider Pickard Properties has recently announced that it is celebrating the completion of its most ambitious and significant student accommodation development in its 50-year history, Carlton Hill.  

Pickard Properties’ 604-bed Carlton Hill development is situated close to the city centre and both the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett campus’.  

It has been completed in time to welcome students for the 2023-24 academic year, which begins later this month.

“Carlton Hill sets the standard for modern student accommodation that is appealing to tenants, not only because of its location, and focus on mental and physical wellbeing, but also because it’s a green and sustainable building.

“We are exceptionally proud that it has secured the highest EPC rating for a commercial/residential building, which is testament to the efforts of the development team, from our project managers and architects, through to our construction partner and its predominantly local supply chain.

“We have been part of the student accommodation sector in Leeds for half a century and Carlton Hill demonstrates our commitment to continuing to provide the highest quality, sustainable properties in the city.

“We are looking forward to seeing the first students arrive and make Carlton Hill their home, as they begin their studies at our wonderful city’s outstanding universities.” 

Miles Pickard, Director, Pickard Properties

The developer, which has a portfolio of around 300 residential properties it owns and lets, will retain ownership of Carlton Hill and has reached an agreement with student charity and operator Unipol, which will lease and manage the site for the University of Leeds.  

Having secured an EPC A rating and priding itself as one of the most sustainable PBSA schemes in the city, the development aims to reduce carbon emissions, both in terms of the buildings’ construction and operation, together with taking advantage of its location.  

Carlton Hill is an all-electric development that is future proofed to benefit from continued growth of renewable energy supplies.  

“During these times when there is a clear and compelling need for more homes in the City, Quod are pleased to have supported Pickard’s team in delivering planning consent for this high quality, health and wellness led addition to the purpose-built student homes market in Leeds.”

Tim Waring, Senior Director, Quod

In addition, from the outset almost half of its power requirements will be provided by low or zero carbon technologies, including from a large solar PV array and Air Source Heat Pumps.  

The scheme supports Leeds City Council’s ‘20-minute neighbourhood’ initiative.  

Alongside this, the scheme has no car parking facilities to encourage the use of sustainable local transport and has extensive pedestrian access and routes to the city centre and close by universities.  

“FLJ is pleased to have acted on behalf of longstanding client Pickard Properties throughout this entire transaction, from the initial pre-let deal with Unipol through to delivery of this wonderful scheme. The entire project team has worked fantastically together to deliver Carlton Hill providing students with state-of-the-art accommodation, with fantastic added details such as roof terraces, sky gardens and larger than average bedrooms. Delivery of such a scheme within budget and programme is a credit to all involved.”

Daniel Jamieson, Director, Fox Lloyd Jones

Residential amenities also include a well-equipped gym, landscaped sky gardens, and a roof terrace to allow for social activities.  

Carlton Hill replaces a 239-bed student accommodation block, which was also owned by Pickard Properties and was demolished to make way for this new contemporary scheme.  

It was designed by Halliday Clark Architects and built by Leeds-based GMI Construction.   

“We are exceptionally proud to have been part of this landmark development, which represents the future of student accommodation in Leeds. Carlton Hill builds on our track record in the UK student living sector, and highlights our capabilities to deliver sustainable and environmentally focused projects in close partnership with developers such as Pickard Properties, and by utilising a predominately local supply chain.”  

Andrew Hurcomb, Divisional Director, GMI Construction

The scheme was project managed by Fox Lloyd Jones with planning consultancy advice provided by Quod, who are both based in Leeds City Centre.  

Carlton Hill is also representative of the high-quality Leeds schemes in its portfolio, which are helping to transform the city’s skyline and forms part of Pickard Properties’ wider construction and regeneration activities across the North of England.

“At Carlton Hill, we were driven to providing an environmentally conscious and high level of design, which is not only inclusive and accessible but with particular focus on addressing the health and wellbeing needs of students. We feel it is critical to ensure students have safe and secure spaces, in addition to their own study bedroom where they can form positive associations during their formative years. We have had the benefit of working with the client team for more than 25 years on various student living projects and have a legacy attachment to this site, having now replaced the lower density student accommodation scheme, which we designed in 2001. We are so proud to see the fantastic result of a lot of hard work put in by so many talented people.”  

Richard Walsh, Director, Halliday Clark Architects