Works complete at Unite Students’ Morriss House in Nottingham

Unite Student’s highly anticipated Nottingham-based Morriss House purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme has officially reached completion.

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Unite Students' Morriss House PBSA scheme in Nottingham.

Student accommodation provider Unite Students has completed works on its new £57m Morriss House scheme in Nottingham. The PBSA development is ideally located next to the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus and is now welcoming students at the start of the 2023/24 academic year.

Moriss House – on Derby Road in Lenton – includes 705 bedrooms – 665 shared flats with en-suite bathrooms and 40 studio apartments. The development, previously a former car showroom and garages, also provides a commercial building for external use. 

The scheme comprises net-zero carbon features, running on renewable electricity with solar panels installed on the roof and an all-electric heating system, including air source heat pumps.

“We’re delighted to have completed our latest addition to the portfolio, Morriss House in Nottingham. Morriss House is an impressive property delivered on time and budget for the 2023/24 academic year.

“This importantly allows us to take another meaningful step forward to being net zero carbon by 2030 through the introduction of solar panels, air source heat pumps, a biodiverse wildflower meadow and an amphitheatre to promote wider social interaction for our students and staff.

“The design of our buildings continually evolves and on this project we have swapped the traditional reception area with a new welcome hub. This is a first for our students and, along with the impressive study and social spaces in this property, we are looking forward to our students using and enjoying the spaces throughout this academic year and beyond.”

Tom Brewerton, Group Development Director, Unite Students

Green public open space connects the new development to the River Leen and University of Nottingham campus and includes an amphitheatre. Inside, Morriss House has the largest study and social spaces in Unite Students’ portfolio and features an open reception providing a ‘welcome hub’ for students.   

Morriss House is named after Richard ‘Morriss’ Woodhead, Co-founder of a bike workshop which later became the Raleigh Cycle Company, which started in the city in 1885.

“Through Nottingham’s new Student Living Strategy, we’ve pledged to work in partnership to provide really good quality accommodation choices to our students. Our decade-long partnership with Unite Students, and particularly this new property right next to our Jubilee Campus, are a great example of how it can work well. Morriss House is an amazing building, providing a great lifestyle and accessibility to the university.”

Vikki Welch, Associate Director Student Living, University of Nottingham

Nottingham is home to over 60,000 students spread across the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University. Nottingham’s Student Living Strategy, which focuses on support for student accommodation, was launched this year by Nottingham City Council and both universities in the city.

To support this initiative, Unite Students is also building a 271-bed PBSA scheme on Lower Parliament Street in Nottingham, in time for the start of the 2024/25 academic year. £34m Bromley Place will incorporate an existing late-Victorian, three-storey building that preserves the historic features from the original site.