Work completes on 188-bed student accommodation block

GMI Construction Group has today confirmed it has finished construction of a 188-bed student accommodation property for Maple Grove Developments, at a site in Leeds.

The development – known as Oak House – is in Park Lane in the Belle Vue district and took 82 weeks to build.

It offers a combination of nine studio flats, and 30 shared flats for four to eight students. Its communal spaces include a large lounge area with space for private and group study, and an outdoor terrace with seating.

GMI divisional managing director, Lee Powell, said: “GMI is proud to have been trusted to deliver this superb new student accommodation facility in the historic community of Little Woodhouse in this outstanding part of Leeds.

“This is a sustainable development which provides a positive impact within the conservation area including improvements to open space and the provision of high-quality student accommodation, with good levels of amenity, in a sustainable location close to the established universities.

“Getting this project complete and over the line constitutes a great team effort and on behalf of GMI I would like to thank and congratulate all involved.

“This is the 10th student accommodation development that GMI has completed to date as we continue to build upon our offering and credentials in this sector.”

Maple Grove Developments’ managing director, Karen Hirst, said: “This is the latest development we have completed in the PBSA sector, which is showing great resilience and continued interest for funders.

“Looking ahead, we are currently evaluating future student development schemes.”

Tony Vyse, assistant chief executive – development, from incoming tenant Unipol, added: “After such a difficult time during the pandemic and the aftermath of supply chain issues, Unipol and more importantly, the residents, are extremely happy with the finished product that completed on time.

“Oak House reflects Unipol’s values to provide well-priced accommodation and creates a living environment that encourages socialisation and well-being, which is part of our educational mission.

“Unipol has now commenced a long-term deal which will provide quality housing for students for the next 25 years.”

The architect on the development was DLA.