85 student studio apartments completed in Leicester

Stepnell undertook the West Walk project on behalf of Zone Developments

Stepnell has completed luxury student accommodation in Leicester city centre for Zone Developments.

The contractor was responsible for the creation of 85 studio apartments at 8-10 West Walk. Designed by MAS Architecture, the project combined the refurbishment of Victorian buildings with the development of a new four-storey building.

West Walk saw the transformation of two existing 19th century buildings, with the open plan studio flats afforded en-suite bathrooms and fully-fitted kitchens with integrated appliances. The development involved the demolition of an unsympathetic 20th century building, replaced with a sensitively-designed modern building complementing the street scene. Alongside the apartments, the construction team installed extensive communal facilities including a gym, cinema room, common room, study pods and on-site laundry facilities.

Solutions introduced to cut construction time, minimise disruption and ensure excellent quality, included the use of modular bathroom pods manufactured in factory conditions and delivered fully-fitted to site.

Stepnell regional director, Tom Sewell, said: “High quality accommodation is a vital part of the student experience, complementing the academic facilities and resources offered by universities and colleges, helping them continue to attract the very best applicants and enabling students to make the most of their time in higher education.”

As part of its investment in local communities, through job creation and employment, Stepnell delivered a range of job and training initiatives via the West Walk scheme. These included the provision of a number of work placements for local people, in partnership with local charity, Leicestershire Cares, leading to a permanent job on site for one of the candidates. More than half the subcontractors recruited to work on the scheme came from within ten miles of the site.