UK & Ireland

Downing on recruitment drive with ten projects due to start in 2025

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Property developer Downing is gearing up for its busiest year to date in 2025 with ten new projects planned to start on site at locations across the UK, equating to £1.6 billion.

Former Southampton cannabis factory will be turned into two student blocks

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The site, between High Street and Castle Way in the city centre, would see 249 bedrooms in a building up to six storeys high and eight bedrooms in a three-storey building.

Milestone in plans for ‘prime’ student accommodation in Glasgow’s Merchant City

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Glasgow-based developer Ambassador Group has teamed up with investors Far East Orchard and Woh Hup to deliver a ‘prime’ student accommodation scheme, slated for completion by 2026.

Major student resi revamp in store for Manchester’s Victoria Point

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Empiric Student Property has lodged plans with the city council to demolish and replace two of the six housing blocks off Hathersage Road, extending others in the process to increase the number of student beds by 310.

PBSA operator Host appoints new commercial director

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Host Student Housing, a major operator of student accommodation in the UK, has appointed Chris Mcilhinney as its new commercial director.

Ireland landlords face penalty of up to €30,000 if they disobey rules on student...

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Landlords face up to a €30,000 ­penalty if they do not abide by new rules around shorter tenancies for student accommodation. The Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) will have the power to impose a hefty fine on landlords if they insist on charging students rent for the entire year and not just the academic year.

Plans approved for Kirkstall Road Leeds PBSA

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Proposals to deliver a new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) building off Kirkstall Road in Leeds have been approved. Leeds City Council signed the Section 106 Agreement. The new Leeds PBSA scheme will help meet the city’s increasing demand.

UPP selected as Preferred Bidder for major Durham University college accommodation project

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UPP, the leading provider of on-campus student accommodation infrastructure in the UK, has been selected to be the Preferred Bidder to develop, in partnership with Durham University, a detailed scheme proposition for the refurbishment of the College of St Hild and St Bede and the development of new college accommodation at the Leazes Road site.

Beachrock instructed to sell £25m Saltwater Place Plymouth PBSA

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Specialist PBSA investment consultancy Beachrock is bringing to market Saltwater Place Plymouth, an operational PBSA scheme in Devon. The sale price of £25m reflects 6.9% and a capital value per bedroom of £70,300.  

Empty Glasgow offices could be turned into student flats under new plan

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Empty offices near the M8 at Townhead could be turned into 150 student rooms under a plan submitted to Glasgow City Council. Developers want to convert and extend a building at Swan Street which has been vacant for over two years to provide student accommodation.
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