£17m student development gets set to open doors

05 August 2014
£17m student development gets set to open doors

Construction work to create Adderstone Group’s new £17 million pound student accommodation on the doorstep of Northumbria University is now complete.

Union Square Newcastle, located in Upper Ouseburn, will provide high specification student accommodation for 228 students from across the UK, as well as a large contingency of international students from all corners of the world, when it opens its doors this month.

The 68,168 sq.ft. (6,333 sq.m.) development was built by North East construction giant, Brims and Project Manager, Mick Morpeth was on hand to pass keys for the development to Lindsey Green from Adderstone Group’s letting agent, Exchange Residential, who will manage the building.

Over 250 people have worked on the project since it began in early 2013, replacing derelict buildings on the site which was formerly owned by the South Shields Railway Company.

Union Square comprises one of the highest specification builds of student accommodation in the city. The building includes 146 studio apartments and 15 cluster flats with central kitchen and spacious communal lounge areas, each accommodating between three and six people.

The development is also equipped with car parking facilities, storage space for bicycles, a high specification 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 is 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 said: “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.”

Exchange Residential Director, Lindsey Green said: “We’re now fitting out the interiors of the studios and cluster flats and will be ready to show off the building in all its glory when we welcome our first student arrivals on Thursday 14th August.”

Union Square is the largest student specific residential project undertaken by Adderstone Group to date.

Exchange Residential, is the letting agent for Union Square. Those interested in securing rooms can visit the accommodation’s dedicated website at www.unionsquarenewcastle.com, 0191 269 9920 or unionsquare@exchangeresidential.com

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