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New £12m student housing scheme for Leeds

A new £12m 18-storey student housing scheme is being proposed for Leeds city centre, providing 99 studio flats as well as a host of amenities.

The pre-application plans for Q One are set to be presented to the Leeds City Plans Panel on 14 December next week.

The project site was an office building formerly known as Brunswick Point which was converted to residential use a few years ago.

Leeds based property investment and lettings business YPP is behind the scheme and is currently delivering the redevelopment of the former Walkabout bar on Cookridge Street for student housing.

The new building would be managed by YPP in conjunction with Q One, to create an integrated residential community at this location.

Box Architects are designing the scheme and Indigo Planning are advising on the proposals.

Omar Al Nujaifi, director at YPP, said: “The proposal underlines our continued commitment and investment into providing high quality, purpose built student accommodation in the city centre.

“There is still a shortfall in the provision of this type of accommodation in the city centre.

“Our existing properties are 100 per cent let and we see a consistent demand from students for this type of accommodation.”

Toby Harling, associate at Box Architects, said: “The design of the proposal responds to the height and scale of nearby buildings including the Vita scheme, which is currently under construction, to the south and the existing CLV building to the north.

“The design and choice of materials is evolving and we are looking forward to getting members views at next week’s presentation.”

David Smith, associate at Indigo Planning, said: “The proposed scheme is in an area identified as being suitable for Tall Buildings by the Council.

“The site is close to the main university campuses and students can benefit from all the facilities and amenities that the city centre has to offer.

“The scheme will help free up housing which can be converted back to family homes in other parts of the city such as Headingley.

“This scheme will build on and link to the continued regeneration of this part of the city centre.”

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