Work has begun on a £17m student apartment development in Upper Ouseburn which will create more than 100 construction jobs and accommodation for more than 200 students.
Property development company Adderstone Group is heading up the project which will result in Union Square, a 228-bed apartment block on Stoddart Street in Upper Ouseburn, Newcastle.
Steel framework is now being laid on site at the development which will be completed by July next year, ready to welcome its first influx of student residents two months later.
On completion, the 68,168 sq ft project will represent one of the highest specification builds of student accommodation in the city built across an eight-floor development, comprising 146 studios with kitchenette – popular with post-graduate and international students – and 15 flats with a central kitchen and spacious communal lounge areas, each accommodating between three and six people.
There will also be car parking facilities, storage space for bicycles, high-quality broadband and Wi-Fi connectivity and a focus on security.
A show flat for the development, being carried out by construction giant Brims, will be available for viewings in the autumn.
Adderstone Group originally bought the land which was, in the past, owned by South Shields Railway Company, from landowner David Marks in 2008.
Adderstone development surveyor Rachel McNutt is managing the project and said: “The scheme will ensure a great boost for North East economy and it will help to provide very welcome high-quality, purpose-built accommodation for the city’s expanding student population.
“The scheme will be particularly suitable for international under- graduate and post-graduate students and UK post graduate students due to the special attention made to provision of dedicated working areas, living space and the intelligent, functional design and quality of fixtures and fittings.”
Mick Morpeth, Brims project manager, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Adderstone Group on this project.
“The scheme will result in the creation of 100 jobs during construction and up to 100 spin-off jobs throughout the project.”
This is the largest student-specific residential project undertaken by Adderstone Group to date, although the company has expertise in student, residential and mixed use developments, having previously developed properties across the North East including the redevelopment of The Tyne Theatre and Thomas Bewick House in Newcastle and Gateshead Railway Club, now called Worsdell House.