Project Summary

Sector: Education, Higher Education, Student Accommodation

Project profile: Development of two four-story blocks providing 117 student rooms in the heart of Chester.

Customer: LaSalle Investment Management

Value: £9.4 million

Stage: Completed September 2016

Location: Chester, Cheshire

Professional Team

Owner: LaSalle Investment Management

Legal Advisor: Brabners LLP

Architect: AFL

Contractor: Cruden Construction Limited

Employers Agent: Spring & Company Limited

M&E: RPS

Structural: Curtins

Planning Consultant: McCormick

Project Description

Cityheart completed and handed over this 117 bed student accommodation project in the heart of Chester close to the University in September 2016. The scheme is divided into two blocks, a four storey ‘T’ shaped block housing 105 beds and support facilities together with an adjacent town house of 12 studio beds.

The mix of accommodation in the scheme contains two-thirds studio apartments, aimed at Post-Graduates and foreign students, and one third en-suite Cluster Flats with shared kitchen and communal living areas.

The scheme was constructed on the site of a rundown commercial office building. The site itself is located on an important gateway into the City and was a very tight and congested location. Design was therefore key as was the intensive consultation process that ultimately resulted in a planning consent.