Second phase of Bradford student development announced

Northwest property developer Integritas Property Group (IPG) has completed the sold-out first phase of its £7.8 million Bijou residential scheme in Laisteridge student village, Bradford.

The project’s primary phase saw the complete refurbishment of a dated two-floor student accommodation block into 46 contemporary studio apartments, each kitted out with everything needed for modern student living. Residents of the building will also benefit from bicycle storage, a laundry room, a retro arcade room and mini cinema, CCTV and secure fob access.

IPG also announced that the second phase of works, comprising an upward extension to the current building, will begin next month.

Due to the popularity of the first phase, along with a growing need for more accommodation in the local area, a new planning application is expected to be approved in the coming days for the construction of a further 53-units on top of the existing two floors.

Careful consideration has been given to the method of construction with a view of causing the least disruption to existing residents. An extensive investigation of existing foundations, to determine the impact of additional loads on the structure, is nearing completion.

Furthermore, a bespoke scaffold design has been proposed to ensure the building remains watertight until the new roof is constructed.

In order to ensure minimal disruption to current residents, IPG will be implementing its usual meticulously organised construction schedule. An independent Health and Safety Consultant will be enlisted to ensure compliance throughout the construction period, giving guidance to the site management team at every stage.

Bradford is one of the UK’s student hotspots, with an economy now worth over £9.5 billion* — so it’s no surprise the scheme has been so popular.

The city has benefited from multiple investments in its facilities and infrastructure over the last few years, including £84 million to improve the University of Bradford facilities. Not only is Bradford the world’s first UNESCO City of Film, but it is due to hold the title of City of Culture in 2025.

The city offers significant opportunities for local and first-time investors. Bijou’s initial 46 luxury studio apartments sold for £69,950 each, and investors were able to benefit from an immediate seven per cent net rental income.

Elsewhere in the North, IPG announced the next phase of works at its luxury residential development, Bastion Point, worth £41.5 million.

Designed by Northwest-based Snow Architects and situated within Liverpools vibrant city centre, Central Point at Bastion will consist of 69 one and two-bedroom apartments set over seven floors.