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Major student development opens in Manchester

Unite Students has opened a 32-tower block development in Manchester costing £82.5m.

The site will provide a home for 603 students, while it is located within walking distance of both Manchester Metropolitan University and the University of Manchester.

It sits on the site of a former garage and music venue, Artisan Heights.

Luke Brooker, project development manager at Unite Students, said: “It’s with great pride that we are able to open the doors of this fantastic building to students, especially in these uncertain times.

“The building sets a new standard of quality across the Unite Students portfolio.”

The building has a range of facilities including, two common rooms with study areas, a cinema room, meeting rooms, karaoke room, tea and coffee stations, laundry, bike store, and games areas.

The development has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating and has a green roof on level five comprising of a natural habitat to encourage insect and wildlife.

During construction, the team had to overcome several challenges, which included ground contamination, archaeological finds, abandoned culverts, and the discovery of a well.

In addition, the pandemic caused material shortages, and meant the working environment had to be made covid-19 safe.

Matthew Loughlin, group development director at Unite Students, said: “This exciting new development is testament to the hard work displayed by staff and contractors to overcome some unique challenges. The development has been one of our most challenging to date.

“The combined effort allows us to bring the highest-quality accommodation to the area, along with providing studio flats and cluster bedrooms specifically designed for students.

“Those living with us will benefit from having on-site support services. The development also provides a number of communal facilities in a highly sought-after area of the city.”