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Unite To Spend £65m Upgrading Three Manchester PBSA

Posted by Aisling Murphy

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The UK's largest owner, manager and developer of purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA), Unite Students, have announced that they will be upgrading three of their Manchester properties. The refurbishments will be to Parkway Gate, Kincardine Court, and New Medlock House.

The projected total cost of the upgrades is £64.58m, and work is expected to be completed on all properties in time for the start of the 2022/23 academic year.

The upgrades are already underway, and will add over 100 new beds in total. They will also bring fire safety of the properties in line with the latest Government regulations.

The majority of the investment (£38m) will be used to refurbish Parkway Gate. Unite have said "There will be significant alteration to the outer shell of the building for fire safety improvements as well as a full internal re-work, creating a new common space with a gym, cinema room and study areas." This will also add an additional 14 beds, bringing it up to a 754-bed property.

£12.1m will be spent at Kincardine Court, adding a 92-bed extension. An additional £3.28m will be spent enhancing the property's EPC rating.

New Medlock House will benefit from a £11.2m enhancement to its EPC rating.

Group Development Director at Unite Students, Tom Brewerton, said: "These projects represent a significant investment for Unite Students. The enhancements reflect our current priorities: the day-to-day happiness of our residents, strong partnerships with leading universities, and the well-being and safety of all those who live and work in our buildings.

"The business recently launched its refreshed sustainability strategy and pathway to net zero by 2030. Upgrades like these in Manchester form a central part of the journey. We are determined to operate in the most sustainable and resource-efficient way we can.

"Work continues at pace, and we look forward to welcoming students back to the new and improved properties at the start of the next academic year."