Work has begun on a new £26.8million student accommodation development in the heart of Lancaster.
The 444-bed scheme is being built by Preston-based contractor, Eric Wright Construction, on behalf of international real estate firm, Hines..
Dubbed Lawson’s Quay, the 150,000 sq ft residential complex is formed by 4 interlocking brick and stone faced buildings rising in height to 11 storeys, set around a beautiful landscaped courtyard. It comprises a total of 239 en-suite cluster bedrooms, 115 studios and 80 beds in shared facility townhouses.
Designed by Stride Treglown, The Tower (block ‘A’) contains premium accommodation, each floor offering; six ‘standard’ and six ‘city view’ studios, together with two x 3 bed apartments. The top floor boasts a number of stunning penthouse duplexes aimed at couples sharing.
The lower blocks (B&C1) contain en-suite cluster flats, ranging in size from three to eight bedrooms together with a number of innovative ‘5+5’ clusters which combine the living spaces of pairs of 5 bed units to offer uniquely generous and flexible accommodation to residents.
Block C2 offers quality, affordable alternatives to local shared housing, comprising 3-4 storey townhouses for groups of up to 10 students.
The scheme also boasts outstanding communal facilities offering students multiple opportunities to socialise and study.
The Loft is a communal lounge at the top of The Tower offers space to chill with unparalleled views across the city, a communal kitchen and dining experience, and a cinema screening room.
The Library is a multi-functional communal lounge at ground floor where students can meet, study, relax and pick up their post/parcels from the reception which is manned 24 hours a day.
The Wellbeing Zone contains a gym and fitness suite which sit adjacent to The Steps which a meeting point at the heart of the development where residents can gather to watch major events on the big screen or just hang out watching the world go by.
The Courtyard provides a green oasis at the centre of the development offering students communal BBQ and outdoor activity spaces as well as quieter spaces to get away from the bustle of student life.
John Wilson, managing director at Eric Wright Construction, said: “We’ve worked on a number of projects across Lancaster in recent years that have changed the landscape of the town and we’re excited to be part of this large scale accommodation scheme that will transform a brownfield site that’s been derelict for more than 20 years.
“The site presents a number of construction challenges, such as access issues from two busy highways and the natural arrangement of the land steeply sloping seven metres in height from one side to another. These are easily resolved through good planning and design to create accommodation that’s fit for modern needs and we’re also using insights gained from working closely with Lancaster University.”
Alex Knapp, Managing Director, Hines UK, said: “Creating a strong sense of community and providing students with a memorable living experience lies at the heart of our approach to development. Lancaster has a vibrant student population and our landmark development will enhance the accommodation provision in the city, while making a positive contribution to the urban landscape and acting as a catalyst for the regeneration of the surrounding area.”
Work is expected to complete in July 2019 with the first students moving in September that year.