Plans in for £40m Leeds student apartment scheme

Student accommodation developer Pickard Properties has submitted detailed planning proposals to Leeds City Council for a new £40m apartment project.

Plans for new student accommodation at Carlton Hill, Leeds.

The 604-bed scheme at Carlton Hill, designed by architect Halliday Clark, replaces a development designed by Halliday Clark and developed by Pickard Properties 23 years ago on the same site. The new design aims to provide affordable accommodation with student ‘wellbeing’ at its heart.

Adam Clark, Halliday Clark director, said: “We believe this scheme may be unique, certainly in Leeds, and possibly in the UK, specifically responding to the issues surrounding students’ mental health.”

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In addition to larger-than-standard bedrooms and living spaces, the scheme incorporates a series of three-storey sky gardens, which provide social and common study spaces for clusters of apartments.

“It is critical to ensure students have safe and secure spaces, in addition to their own study bedroom,” said Miles Pickard, director of Pickard Properties.

“As a Leeds-based developer who specialises in high quality but affordable private residential and student living accommodation, we are delighted to be bringing such a forward-thinking scheme to market.

“In addition to these Sky Gardens, large, fully landscaped roof terraces are provided to give additional ‘fresh air’ spaces as an extension of the extensive landscaped courtyard at ground level.”

He added: “Whilst these areas create a mixture of natural interactive spaces, the landscaping also provides added pollution absorption, making the site cleaner and healthier to live in.”

A planning decision is expected later this month with completion on site targeted for the summer of 2022 in time for the 2022/23 academic year.