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Plymouth lays groundwork to new student accommodation

2 October 2012 No Comment

Work on a £20 million student accommodation site in Plymouth has began, thisisplymouth.co.uk reports. Workmen are currently working on the nine-storey steel skeleton tower at the 1.2 Notte Street site, which was formerly home to the now demolished NAAFI (Navy, Army & Air Forces Institution).

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When finished, the construction will house 517 study bedrooms, 59 flats and 73 studio rooms, all encapsulated in a facade which features a range of metal cladding.

Steel facade over a stone plinth

Constructionindex.co.uk says that the facade will be made using a combination of ‘render, zinc and steel cladding over a stone plinth’.

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Ground level shops and restaurants will occupy the spaces below the three accommodation blocks, which was commissioned by The Student Housing Company who hired The Leadbitter Group for the build.

There is also potential for a supermarket on site. Other mod cons including internet connections, 24-hour security services and storage space for bikes are catered for as well.’

Building development to boost student numbers

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Rob Bradley, regional director of Leadbitter’s Western Construction division, comments:

“This project demonstrates Leadbitter’s expertise in delivering high-quality student accommodation for our clients across the UK.”

Student Housing Company operations director Brian Welsh meanwhile says that the extra boost in student numbers will provide a boost to the whole area: “There will be a beneficial effect with cafes, shops and bars tending to spring up,” he said.

The development is scheduled to house its first student residents by August 2013.

Author: Chris Taylor   Date Written: 29 September 2012

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