Major Nottingham student scheme tops out

The latest phase of the huge Island Quarter regeneration scheme in Nottingham has moved a step closer to completion.

The final structural beam of the student accommodation element of the scheme was put in place on Wednesday (7 June), marking the latest milestone in the development of the landmark project, which spans 36 acres of the city’s Southside.

Nearly seven hundred students will be housed at the block on the Manvers Road side of the site when work completes next year.

Derbyshire contractor Bowmer + Kirkland is delivering the building on behalf of developer Conygar. It will be managed by student accommodation provider Fresh.

The first phase of the colossal regeneration scheme, the restaurant and entertainment venue 1 The Island Quarter, opened for business in September 2022.

Christopher Ware, property director at Conygar, said: “Topping out is a significant milestone in any construction programme, but in this case it is especially important as it brings us a step closer to fulfilling our plans for The Island Quarter as a whole.

“From the very outset, we wanted The Island Quarter to be an exemplar of intergenerational living, and this high-quality student accommodation will not only help us reach those ambitions, but also strengthen the offer that Nottingham has for students, ensuring we get the highest calibre of students in our city and attending our universities.”

Christian Parnell, regional director at Bowmer + Kirkland, said: “We are delighted to be a part of this significant milestone for the project. The topping out ceremony marks the one year anniversary that B + K started work on this site. Everyone – Conygar, consultants, and ourselves – have worked well together, and collaboratively, to get where we are today. We are now focused on delivering the project for next year’s student intake.”

Craig Bryant, strategy and business development director at Fresh, added: “The topping out today is hugely significant as we edge one step closer to welcoming students to the new student accommodation block in 2024. We already have an established presence in Nottingham and are eager to add to this with 693-bed space on what is set to be the most exciting development in the city.”

The Conygar Investment Company recently received planning permission for nearly 250,000 sq ft of bioscience and laboratory space at the site.