Student residence developer, Alumno has applied to Leeds Council to build a mixed-use six and seven-storey building that will provide accommodation for the city’s growing student population
The new 11,955 sqm project on Whitelock Street will regenerate the current run-down, disused site and comprise 105 units that will house 411 students.
Facilities will include a range of communal areas, including a central hub, gym, cinema, laundry room, roof terrace with a garden and extensive secure bicycle storage.
More than accommodation
Along with the accommodation, Alumno is proposing a new studio to support new emerging local artists. The ground floor of the building will feature flexible gallery and studio space, which will be managed by local award-winning non-profit organisation East St Arts.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the communities living adjacent to its projects, Alumno has also commissioned artworks that will be integrated into the public areas surrounding the development.
Housing available to local people
Alumno managing director, David Campbell, said: “We have been creating student accommodation around the UK for over 14 years, and are delighted our next project will be in Leeds.
“Whitelock Street is the perfect location due its proximity to the universities and city centre, and we believe this development will be a great addition to the Sheepscar district and offer significant regeneration benefits.
“It will also make more housing available to local people by alleviating the need for students to rent family homes privately in the area.”