£6m student accommodation in York

£6m student accommodation in York

Student accommodation scheme sees redevelopment of listed building located between the city centre and the University of York. 

Sheffield-based Robertson Yorkshire and East Midlands, part of the infrastructure group Robertson, has been selected as the main contractor on a £6m student development scheme on Lawrence Street in York.

The scheme, being developed by S Harrison, includes the redevelopment of the former Grade II listed Lawrence Street Working Men’s Club and the adjacent Tam O’Shanter public house, together with a newly built wing.

The project will create a 115-bed premium student accommodation scheme with a mix of studios and flats with one-, two-, three- and five- bedrooms, as well as communal facilities.

Paul Turner, regional managing director of Robertson Yorkshire and East Midlands, commented: “Both the University of York and York St John University have grown at a rapid rate in recent years so quality student accommodation is therefore highly sought after in this area.

“We look forward to delivering a high specification development for future students in York.”

Chris Hale, from York based S Harrison, added: “Robertson has vast experience in the student accommodation sector and we are extremely confident in the capabilities of the team to deliver on this project.”

The existing buildings are listed and will be retained, repaired and refurbished to return the frontage onto Lawrence Street to its original splendour.

The University of York has undergone one of the largest capital investments in the UK Higher Education sector, doubling the size of its campus with the creation of new research and teaching facilities across a number of subject areas.

The development is scheduled for completion by the start of the 2017/18 academic year.

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