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Unite’s White Rose Scheme Opens Its Doors

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Unite Students has completed the construction of its huge 976-bed student accommodation development in Leeds.

Located on the site of a former casino and pub in the city centre, White Rose View is near both the University of Leeds and Leeds Beckett University.

The scheme consists of two towers, with the largest being 27 storeys tall. Whilst some schemes have been impacted by the coronavirus pandemic, construction of the site continued throughout lockdown, with students now moving in.

According to Matthew Loughlin, Unite group's development director, White Rose View is one of the best student accommodation buildings the company has delivered to date. He said: "The fact we completed the construction on time is a credit to everyone involved. We did so while maintaining strict government guidelines, which meant reduced numbers of trades on site at any one time, and there was also a knock-on effect on the supply of some materials which we had to find technical solutions for, often at short notice."

A substantial proportion of beds are tied up in a 30-year lease deal with the University of Leeds, with the remaining rooms available on a direct let basis.

Moray Notman, Unite Students' university engagement director, comments: "This 30-year agreement with the University of Leeds is the latest step in our national strategy. Our property activity is focused on further improving our alignment to high and mid-ranked universities and being in the best locations."

Ian Robertson, director of residential and catering services at University of Leeds, added: "White Rose View is magnificent. It is perfectly located for our students as it's very close to both the University campus and the city centre. The building and the locale boast excellent levels of amenity and I am certain that our students will love living there. We've worked very closely with Unite for many years, and they are a trusted partner."