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Student Castle Development Underway

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Work is underway to build a 515-bed student accommodation development in Oxford, thereby replacing the Osney Lane car park.

Winvic Construction will build the scheme for student accommodation provider Student Castle.

The student accommodation represents the first phase of the Oxpens scheme, with additional residential and commercial development planned separately by Oxford City Council and Nuffield College.

Commenting on the project, Mark Jones, a direct at Winvic, said: "We will be using innovative construction materials, liaising with a large number of stakeholders, negotiating the bordering railway and creating a high-spec and quality finish during the fit-out. Student Castle is another complex scheme that requires the skills we have in abundance, which can be added to Winvic's ever growing list of multi-room projects."

The accommodation will consist of one and two-bed studios and is expected to be completed by 2020 ahead of the new academic year.

The scheme will feature three main blocks and will come equipped with a gym, games area, lounge, private meeting rooms, roof terraces and bicycle storage.

Jacqui Hawthorn, chief operating office at Student Castle, added: "Since 2010 Student Castle has opened schemes in Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Newcastle and York, each one tailored to the city and its students. An additional three sites are under construction in Oxford, Durham and Brighton, completing in 2019/20 respectively."

Emphasis has been placed on securing the more suitable and sustainable locations for Student Castle's students, which they argue allows students to get the most out of their university experience.