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Downing Completes £46m student accommodation scheme

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Liverpool based property developer Downing has completed work on a £46m student accommodation scheme located opposite Newcastle United's St James' Park stadium.

Downing is responsible for the new site, named Verde, which marks the final phase of the £250m Downing Plaza development.

SimponHaugh and Partners were designated as the architects for the scheme, which in total can accommodate 543 students across a mix of cluster flats and studios.

The 11-storey high building also comes equipped with a cinema, games room, a gym and a landscaped courtyard area.

According Downing's chief executive Ann Lodge, the company has entered into an agreement with Newcastle University to let all of the 431
cluster rooms to its first-year students.

SimpsonHaugh and Partners also said of the scheme: "Verde is deliberately striking in colour and form, creating a new landmark in this area of Newcastle city centre and forming a distinctive gateway between the University and Science Central".

The brand new student accommodation certainly sticks out from the crowd, with the building featuring a green terracotta tile facade.