Unite Students, which develops and manages student accommodation, has received planning approval for the development of a one-acre site in the centre of Aberdeen. Completion of the site is expected in time for the 2016/17 academic year, and will provide homes for 399 students.
The 120,000 sqft scheme is expected to have a development cost of c. £20 million and deliver a development yield in line with group target levels. The site was acquired from Aberdeen City Council and is currently occupied by a derelict listed school building. The development will include the refurbishment of the school, which will house 16 per cent of the bedrooms, with the remaining rooms being built in an adjacent six-storey property.
Situated in the centre of Aberdeen, the development is in close proximity to the University of Aberdeen and has good transport links to Robert Gordon University. Additionally, the wholly owned site is located within the main cluster of existing student accommodation around King Street, including Unite’s existing property, Spring Gardens and Mealmarket Exchange.
Unite Students has been present in Aberdeen for over 10 years and operates four properties that provide homes for over 1,300 students studying in the city. Working closely with the local community, Aberdeen City Council, the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University, Unite plans to help accommodate the large and growing number of students studying in the city.
Richard Simpson, managing director of property for Unite Students, said: “We are very pleased to have received planning consent for this site as our development pipeline continues to progress well. This is our fifth site in Aberdeen, where we already provide homes for over 1,300 students.
“Causewayend will provide a safe and secure home for students and will help to strengthen our relationships with University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University and meet the accommodation demands of Aberdeen’s growing student population, whilst contributing to the regeneration of the area.”