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Manchester’s latest major student development now open

The £82.5m project will provide accommodation for 603 students and is located within walking distance of both Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.

Luke Brooker, project development manager at Unite Students, said: “It’s with great pride that we are able to open the doors of this fantastic building to students, especially in these uncertain times.

“The building sets a new standard of quality across the Unite Students portfolio.”

The building boasts two common rooms with study areas, a cinema room, meeting rooms, a karaoke room, tea and coffee stations, laundry, bike store, and games areas.

In addition, the site’s fifth level has a natural green roof, designed to attract insects and wildlife, while the overall development has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating.

However, developers faced a number of challenges during construction relating to Covid-19, as the pandemic was a primary cause of material shortages, while additional safety measures had to be introduced to reduce the risks posed by the virus. 

What’s more, ground contamination, archaeological finds, abandoned culverts, and the discovery of a well added to the difficulty of the task. 

Matthew Loughlin, group development director at Unite Students, said: “This exciting new development is testament to the hard work displayed by staff and contractors to overcome some unique challenges. The development has been one of our most challenging to date.

“The combined effort allows us to bring the highest-quality accommodation to the area, along with providing studio flats and cluster bedrooms specifically designed for students.

“Those living with us will benefit from having on-site support services. The development also provides a number of communal facilities in a highly sought-after area of the city.”

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