Work starts on £5.5m student accommodation scheme

The proposed scheme

GMI Construction has started works on a new nine-storey student accommodation development for client Alumno Group at a site near the Manchester Metropolitan University campus in the city centre.

The project, valued at £5.5m, involves the construction of 62 self-contained studio apartments that will feature their own kitchenette and bathroom. Each floor will typically feature eight studio apartments together with a communal area for residents.

On the ground floor of the development, which has been designed by Ben Kelly, the iconic designer of the world famous Hacienda nightclub, facilities will include a reception/concierge and ‘The Wash Bar’, together with a plant room and associated facilities needed to support the building’s operation. There will also be storage allocated for bikes.

Construction began on site at the beginning of March with the first resident expected to move in by the summer of 2022.

David Campbell, managing director of Alumno Group, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be on site with the team at GMI. The site is within the Manchester Metropolitan University campus boundary and just a five minute walk from the University of Manchester. It will be an excellent bespoke and modern student community hub.

“We have high hopes that this will set a new benchmark in this location and enhance the choice available to students, who continue to make Manchester a major destination for both study and the excellent student experience.”

Marc Banks, divisional managing director for GMI, which has offices in Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, said: “This project will regenerate a once uninhabited space into a vibrant and contemporary residential hub for students to thrive in and enhance their university experience, and so we are delighted to be working with our valued client Alumno Group and consultants on this impressive new residential development.

“With the interior of the development featuring designs by Ben Kelly, the development is set to become a dynamic and creative environment for students.”

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