Morgan Sindall tops out £8.5 million student accommodation for Leeds Trinity University
Morgan Sindall plc has held a topping out ceremony to celebrate a key milestone in the construction of an £8.5 million student accommodation block at Leeds Trinity University.
The ceremony saw the University’s Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret House secure the final ‘golden bolt’ at the base of the building’s steel frame.
The seven-storey building will include 228 en-suite bedrooms within its 29 ‘cluster’ apartments which each share communal amenities such as kitchens and living areas. The building, which will enclose a private green courtyard, will be set within a newly landscaped environment with improved pedestrian access routes.
Each level of the building will typically include one seven-bedroom, one six-bedroom and three nine-bedroom clusters whilst a reception area, laundry, coffee lounge and games room will be situated on the ground floor. Two wardens’ apartments and 13 disabled access rooms will also be included.
The building will help the University accommodate its expected student growth numbers for the next five years. Existing buildings on the University campus have inspired the new building’s design and have been used as the driving influence on the form of the new accommodation block. Brick façades and recessed windows follow design cues already present on site and in the surrounding area.
Chris Brown, operations director at Morgan Sindall’s Leeds office, said: “The new student accommodation is really taking shape. Today’s ceremony was a key milestone for us and a proud moment for everyone associated with the project. We have worked extremely hard to get to this point.
“This is an important project for us and plays directly to our strengths and experience within the student accommodation market.
“The building has been designed to raise the quality of student accommodation at Leeds Trinity University. We have an experienced team on site and the progress we’ve made is testament to their rigour and professionalism.”
Professor Margaret House, Vice-Chancellor at Leeds Trinity University, said: “This project highlights Leeds Trinity University’s commitment to developing and sustaining a campus that reflects its ambitions as a growing institution, as well as providing an aesthetically pleasing, sustainable environment that our staff, students and the local community can be proud of.
“We’re committed to providing students with the best experience possible by continually investing in our campus.”
In fewer than 50 years, Leeds Trinity University has transformed itself from two small Catholic teacher training colleges to an acclaimed University with an excellent track record for launching the careers of its students.
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