New Unite Students accommodation in Manchester announced, following a £64.58 million upgrade across three of its Manchester properties – Parkway Gate, Kincardine Court and New Medlock House
The Unite Students accommodation in Manchester is already underway. In total, the upgrades at Parkway Gate, Kincardine Court and New Medlock House will see the creation of over 100 new beds in total.
The upgrade will ensure that all new fire regulations are met, in line with the latest government guidance. It will also enhance sustainable day-to-day operations at the accommodation.
Currently, refurbishment projects taking place across three Unite Students properties in Manchester – Parkway Gate, Kincardine Court and New Medlock House.
More beds, enhanced safety and increased sustainability measures
The new Unite Students accommodation in Manchester will not only provide more beds, but enhance sustainability with improved EPC ratings and see installation of upgraded cladding for enhanced fire safety.
Unite Students will oversee a a £12.1million 92-bed new build extension at Kincardine Court. As well as a £3.28 million refurbishment of the existing property to enhance its EPC rating, new features will aim to reduce water and boost energy efficiency. Water use at the property has been reduced by 50% in trials.
Parkway Gate is undergoing a £38 million refurbishment which will see 14 additional beds built. A significant alteration to the outer shell of the building and a full internal re-work will enhance fire safety measures, create a new common space with a gym, cinema room and study areas. The total number of beds will sit at 754, following the construction of the 14 additional ones. Unite Students will also install new air source heat pumps and windows throughout the property, improving environmental performance.
New Medlock House is undergoing a £11.2 million refurbishment to enhance its EPC rating. There will be a strong focus on environmental enhancements, with the installation of air source heat pumps and improvements to the solar panel system, amongst other measures.
‘These projects represent a significant investment for Unite Students’
Tom Brewerton, group development director at Unite Students, said:
“These projects represent a significant investment for Unite Students. The enhancements reflect our current priorities: the day-to-day happiness of our residents, strong partnerships with leading universities, and the well-being and safety of all those who live and work in our buildings.
“The business recently launched its refreshed sustainability strategy and pathway to net zero by 2030. Upgrades like these in Manchester form a central part of the journey. We are determined to operate in the most sustainable and resource-efficient way we can.
“Work continues at pace, and we look forward to welcoming students back to the new and improved properties at the start of the next academic year.”
The Unite Students accommodation in Manchester is due to be completed by September, in time for the start of the 2022/23 academic year.