Student accommodation expands in Sheffield

Clegg Construction’s £8.8m development in the Steel City has opened its doors

A student accommodation scheme for Empiric Student Properties Ltd saw 107 rooms created at Provincial House in Solly Street in the city’s St Vincent’s Quarter.

The Grade II listed property, a former presbytery built in 1878 and turned into offices in the 1980s, was redeveloped with 24 boutique and one-bedroom apartments created over four floors.

Three new blocks were also built on adjoining land with a further 83 rooms created.

Designed by Sheffield architecture practice Race Cottam Associates, the 23,600 sq feet development also includes facilities such as a gym, cinema, laundry and common room areas.

The development is in the Well Meadow Conservation Area and close to the University of Sheffield’s North Campus.

Nottingham-based Clegg, which has a Yorkshire office in Leeds, started work in June 2016 and handed over in time for new students from the city’s two universities to move in for the start of the new 2017 academic year.

Simon Blackburn, Managing Director for Clegg Construction, said: “It was a challenging scheme. We had the need to preserve the heritage of Provincial House with it being grade II listed. Also, we had the logistical challenge of working in a tight, built up city-centre location.”

Clegg’s Yorkshire office has already completed a £6.2m scheme in the region, with a new HQ for O.E. Electrics Limited in Wakefield earlier this year, while work is ongoing in Leeds on a new Premier Inn in Headingley, also valued at £6.2m.

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