Property developers Adderstone Group have completed work to create a new £17m student accommodation block on the doorstep of Northumbria University.
The first students will soon move into Union Square Newcastle, in Upper Ouseburn, which opens its doors for the first time on August 14, following a two-year project led by Newcastle-based Adderstone Group which safeguarded some 200 jobs.
The high-spec eight-storey apartment building will house 228 students from across the UK, as well as a large contingency of international students.
The 68,168sqft development was built by North East construction firm Brims and project manager Mick Morpeth has now passed keys for the development to Lindsey Green from Adderstone Group’s letting agent, Exchange Residential, who will now furnish the building in advance of the first influx of students.
More than 250 people have worked on the project since it began in early 2013, replacing derelict buildings on the site which was once owned by the South Shields Railway Company.
Adderstone Group said Union Square will boast some of the highest specification student accommodation in the city, with 146 studio apartments and 15 cluster flats with a central kitchen and communal lounge areas, each accommodating between three and six people.
The development also has car parking facilities, storage space for bicycles, a laundry, super-fast broadband and Wi-Fi connectivity and a focus on security.
The finished building, designed by Ainsworth Spark Associates architects, is of a simple, clean design and includes a feature courtyard providing communal space for residents to relax and spend time outdoors.
Adderstone Group chairman Ian Baggett said: “Union Square will be one of the city’s best student accommodations, set in a much sought after location in the heart of the creative hub of Ouseburn.
“We are always proud to be involved in any project that can have a positive impact on the local economy.
“Higher education is massively important to our city and we are confident we have raised the bar in terms of the standards of accommodation that can now be offered to both domestic and international students choosing to study in Newcastle.
“We are also delighted that well over 200 jobs have been maintained throughout the two year construction programme and a former scrap yard and cement mixing plant at the eastern gateway to the city has been transformed into an energy efficient residential block.”
Mick Morpeth, Brims project manager added: “This has been a great project to work on and we’ve enjoyed partnering with Adderstone Group on another successful project. We pride ourselves on delivering safe, welcoming environments and this certainly fits the bill.”
Union Square is the largest student specific residential project undertaken by Adderstone Group to date.
The group now turns its attentions to a number of pipeline projects, including a luxury residential development in Beadnell, Northumberland.