Leicester Student Accommodation project awarded to Stepnell

24 Feb 2017

Construction company Stepnell has been awarded a multimillion pound contract by Zone Developments to build a high-quality development of stylish student accommodation in the heart of Leicester.

Designed by MAS Architecture, the four-storey block in Princess Road East – just a five-minute walk from the University of Leicester and within easy reach of De Montfort University – will feature 110 self-contained studio bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. There will also be a basement communal area, including a cinema room and gym.

Stepnell’s Nottingham team recently began work on the development which is set for completion ready for the start of the autumn academic term in September 2017.

Designed to achieve the highest quality standards, the development features the use of pre-engineered modular Metsec bathroom pods which are delivered on site fully fitted and ready to be installed. The pods are manufactured in advanced factory conditions off-site, a precise process which ensures that they are finished to exacting standards and significantly reduces construction times. The development also incorporates energy-saving technology, including heat recovery ventilation systems and air source heat pumps for hot water heating.

Neil Thakkar of Zone Developments says: “We’re delighted that work is under way on this high-specification development. Residents will benefit from the opportunity to live in contemporary accommodation built to the highest standards, in a prime location and with superb communal facilities, including a cinema and gym.”

“This development will create outstanding student accommodation within a few minutes’ walk of the University of Leicester,” says Stepnell operations and commercial manager Thomas Sewell. “Our team has a strong record of successfully delivering high-profile construction projects for the higher education sector and we are excited to bring that expertise to this important scheme.” Stepnell will draw on its logistical planning skills and experience of delivering complex construction programmes to ensure that the development, which is in a sensitive city centre location, goes ahead with the very minimum of disruption. The scheme will also deliver community benefits with Stepnell using local supply chain partners wherever possible and providing opportunities for work placements for local people through its partnership with business charity Leicestershire Cares.

Major education sector projects completed by Stepnell’s Nottingham office over the past 21 months include the construction of a new gallery for the University of Leicester’s Attenborough Arts Centre, and the delivery of the first phase of a new hub for student life at the University of Nottingham. Stepnell has also completed an award-winning new conference and events venue at De Montfort University in Leicester and a motor vehicle workshop for Leicester College.