Unite Students combines PBSA and BTR at Burnet Point

The Burnet Point mixed-use scheme is a first of its kind in Unite’s 70,000-bed portfolio and it’s lowest carbon development thus far.

Burnet Point is a first-of-its-kind offering for Unite, combining PBSA, Build to Rent and affordable housing under one scheme | Unite Students | PBSA News
Burnet Point is a first-of-its-kind offering for Unite, combining PBSA, Build to Rent and affordable housing under one scheme.

Student accommodation provider Unite Students has announced that it is launching its significant new scheme – Burnet Point – that will combine purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) homes with Build to Rent and affordable housing in Edinburgh.

The 401-bed development will also be Unite Students’ lowest carbon new-build and will use low-carbon concrete and timber composite, an environmentally friendly alternative to natural wood. Its life cycle assessment is currently 702 kgCO2e/m2 (carbon emission equivalent per square metre) – the lowest in the Group’s new-build portfolio. 

“This is the company’s first combined development of purpose-built student accommodation, Build to Rent and affordable housing. We look forward to contributing positively to the student and private rental market in Edinburgh to help address the supply-demand imbalance in the city. This development reflects Unite Students’ ongoing commitment to provide high-standard, affordable student accommodation in locations where demand is greatest. We are excited to build our lowest carbon new-build property to date in our portfolio. The development will also contribute to the regeneration of the local area, which has seen significant investment in recent years. We are working closely with the community and later this year will offer a dedicated space for use by a local charity which is aligned with our purpose of creating a Home for Success.”

Tom Brewerton, Group Development Director, Unite Students

In total, the Burnet Point development will comprise 298 student beds and 49 Build to Rent apartments. A total of 17 affordable residential apartments will also be delivered through housing association, Hillcrest Homes.

Alongside this, the mixed-use scheme, which has total development cost of £59m, will feature a dedicated community space. Unite Students will work with local charities and community groups to find a partner over the next few months.

Burnet Point is set to be completed in September next year, ready for the start of the 2025/26 academic year. It will provide much-needed PBSA beds for the city and one-of-its-kind mixed living for non-students and working professionals.