Sector: Education, Higher Education, Student Accommodation
Project profile: Design, Build, Finance and Operation of 40 student bedrooms organised between 38 cluster flats and 2 studio beds.
Customer: University of the Highlands & Islands, and North Highland College
Value: £3 million
Stage: Operational since August 2017
Location: Shore Road, Dornoch, IV25 3LS
Funder: MPI Limited
Tenant: University of the Highlands and Islands, and North Highland College
Legal Advisor: Brodies LLP
Architect: 360 Architecture
Contractor: O’Brian Construction Limited
Employers Agent: Thomas & Adamson
M&E: RPS Group
The property comprises purpose built student accommodation over two floor levels and provides 40 beds. The room offering to students is split between 38 en-suite cluster flats and 2 studio apartments. This development supports the students at North Highland College who provide broad range of subject areas. Principally the student tenants tend to be studying for golf caddy courses which are held in conjunction with the Royal Dornoch Golf Club.
Furthermore, this project was also the second phase of projects completed for Cityheart’s client the University of the Highlands and Islands which saw the parallel development of accommodation schemes in Inverness and Elgin. The developments are part of the University’s wider project to build and operate residences around the Highlands and Islands. The first phase saw a 40 bed facility open at West Highland College in Fort William and a 150 bed facility open at Inverness Campus in summer 2016.
Cityheart worked with MPI Limited to fund this development of a 40 bed scheme which, upon completion, was let to the University of the Highlands and Islands on a 35 year FRI Lease.
Construction was completed for this second development in Inverness in August 2017, which was in turn handed over to the Cityheart Living team to manage and maintain the residences and support the University of the Highlands and Islands. Cityheart Living is the dedicated student accommodation management arm of the Cityheart group of companies providing accommodation management, marketing and building maintenance.
Speaking about the new development Fiona Larg, the University’s chief operating officer and secretary, said: “We are excited at the second phase of our residences; students are at the heart of what we do and the provision of suitable accommodation is an important asset in supporting current students and attracting new ones.”
The Dornoch residences were constructed by O’Brien Construction Limited. Lynda Mackay, managing director of O’Brien Construction Ltd, said: “We have been delighted to be involved with Cityheart and the University of the Highlands and Islands in the provision of such a quality accommodation project at Dornoch. It will prove a tremendous asset for future students.”