At an awards event that celebrates the city’s top landlords and is voted for by students living in their properties, York based property development company S Harrison has been named as the best PBSA provider in Leeds. Students living in S Harrison’s Blenheim Point PBSA development voted for the company in the awards.
The student executive teams at Leeds University Union and Leeds Beckett Students’ Union hosted the event as part of the Rate Your Landlord scheme, which is run as a partnership between Unipol Student Homes, Leeds University Union and Warwick Students’ Union.
This year’s awards had nine categories and, alongside being named the city’s best PBSA provider, S Harrison was also runner-up in the landlord of the year and purpose-built building categories.
“Although we’ve completed numerous student accommodation schemes, Blenheim Point is our first in Leeds, and it’s been extremely popular since day one. These awards demonstrate the overall quality of the development as well as the hard work of Brenda and the team to ensure that students thoroughly enjoy living there.”Ann Scott, Managing Director (MD), S Harrison
Blenheim Point opened in 2018 and is currently used exclusively to accommodate Leeds University’s international post graduate students. The scheme offers 180 en-suite bedrooms over seven floors, in 29 cluster apartments, designed specifically for overseas and postgraduate students. Amenities include study rooms, a games area, common room, a spacious green courtyard and cycle parking.
S Harrison also created a charitable legacy for Blenheim Point by signing up to a ‘5 for 5’ partnership which has seen it donate £500 each year, for five years, to Simon on the Streets. The Leeds based independent charity offers emotional and practical support on an outreach basis to rough sleepers or those at risk of rough sleeping.
“Blenheim Point is an extremely popular development and always fills up very quickly. This summer we had 600 students wanting to live here even though we only have 180 bedrooms, which is testament to the quality of the development and its superb location, just a few minutes’ walk from The University of Leeds.
“In these awards we were up against a vast range of properties, from developments with more than 1,000 beds through to individual houses in multiple occupation (HMOs), that all meet Unipol’s high standards of health and safety, cleanliness, security and maintenance. It’s a real privilege that so many students took the time to vote for us and it’s a huge coup to be named as the best PBSA provider in Leeds.”Brenda Bowland, Manager at Blenheim Point, S Harrison