S Harrison and QIP agree to deliver two Edinburgh PBSA schemes

Marking another successful collaboration between S Harrison and QIP, the new schemes will deliver significant student rooms in the city.

Concept image of the East Newington Place PBSA development in Edinburgh | S Harrison Development | Q Investment Partners | PBSA News
Concept image of the East Newington Place PBSA development in Edinburgh.

York-based developer S Harrison Developments has agreed a forward funding deal with Singapore-based private equity firm Q Investment Partners (QIP) to deliver two major purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) schemes in Edinburgh.

In late 2022, S Harrison secured planning permission for the two schemes on East Newington Place, off Newington Road, and a second scheme within the historic surroundings of Canongate, just behind the Royal Mile. The two developments will comprise 141 studios and amenity space.

The latest Edinburgh developments mark S Harrison’s second deal with QIP, with the company also forward funding one of the developer’s York PBSA schemes, which is currently under construction. When the development completes next year, it will comprise 303-bedrooms spread across a three to five storey development on James Street, close to both the University of York and York St John University.

“We were keen to grow our relationship with QIP after working with them on our York development, and they quickly recognised the excellent opportunity our Edinburgh sites offer and we are delighted to have concluded these deals with them.

“Both schemes are very well-designed and in highly sought-after locations really close to the university, which will make them extremely popular with students.

“Construction work at East Newington Place will start in the coming months, with the scheme complete and ready for the 2025 student intake. We also expect demolition work to begin imminently at Canongate, with the development ready to open for the start of the 2026 academic year.”

David Clancy, S Harrison Developments

In Canongate, S Harrison has secured planning permission for the partial demolition of existing buildings and the delivery of 76 studio rooms. The site is ideally located opposite the Holyrood Campus of Edinburgh University and within easy reach of other university facilities.

Concept image of the Canongate PBSA development | S Harrison Development | Q Investment Partners | PBSA News
Concept image of the Canongate PBSA development.

At East Newington Place, an old, disused commercial unit has been demolished and redeveloped into an energy-efficient four storey building with 65 studio rooms. The scheme is located close to the main city centre campus of the University of Edinburgh and close to all Newington Road’s amenities.

Residential amenities at both developments include separate study rooms, multimedia rooms, gyms, break out space, cycle storage and open courtyards.

“This latest venture marks our ongoing strategic collaboration with S Harrison, our second partnership with them, underscoring QIP’s unwavering dedication to the UK PBSA sector. Leveraging our fully-integrated platform, we are able to meet the rising demands for top-tier student accommodation, and our partnership with S Harrison highlights our commitment to delivering exceptional projects that align with the evolving needs of the market. We look forward to exploring more opportunities together.”

Peter Young, CEO and Co-Founder, QIP

These latest schemes bring QIP’s UK portfolio to its eleventh asset to date and its fourth in the Edinburgh PBSA market, marking a significant milestone in its strategy to deliver c.2,000 beds across prime university cities.

S Harrison has made a substantial investment in Edinburgh in recent years and last month confirmed a deal that will see a 1970s office building in the Haymarket area transformed into a new hotel for international hotel operator MEININGER. S Harrison will hold the completed investment, further strengthening the company’s property portfolio.