UK-based GMI Construction has secured a £40m project for a new 604-bed purpose-built student accommodation scheme in Leeds.
As the main contractor, GMI will be responsible for the construction of the new scheme on Carlton Hill.
A 239-bed student accommodation block, which is 20-year old, will be demolished for the construction of the new 15-storey development.
Designed to provide affordable living, the building will focus on the environment to support the mental health and wellbeing of students.
GMI Construction divisional managing director Lee Powell said: “This is a significant project win for GMI and we are looking forward to working with Pickard Properties, Fox Lloyd Jones and the rest of the team in changing the landscape of the Leeds City skyline.
“The scheme enables GMI to enhance its successful track record of delivering student residential living and we are proud to be involved in a ground-breaking design that caters for students’ mental wellbeing.”
The project is the culmination of planning between Pickard Properties and Unipol Student Homes who will lease the accommodation building for exclusive use by students attending the University of Leeds (UL).
Additionally, the building will incorporate several fully landscaped three-storey ‘sky gardens’.
Extending to the ground floor level with its own courtyard, the open-air theme provides a combination of natural and interactive spaces for student studying and socialising.
Pickard Properties director Miles Pickard said: “We recognise there has been a huge change to students’ needs and therefore a considerable amount of thought has been given to the design, social circulation and interaction for the wellbeing of students.
“We are really looking forward to developing Carlton Hill for the students of Leeds to enjoy this modern, cutting-edge addition to the accommodation available to them in the city.”
The University of Leeds students are expected to move into the new building in September 2023.