Unite grows student housing presence in Aberdeen

Student accommodation provider Unite is to expand its presence in Aberdeen after acquiring its fifth development site in the city.

The firm also said it has bought a site in Liverpool, and the two projects will add about 1,250 beds to its portfolio, with a combined development cost of about £80 million.

Unite is also due to start work next year on the £20m redevelopment of the listed Causewayend Primary School in Aberdeen, along with a £38m project at St Leonards in Edinburgh, which is currently a Homebase store.

Designed by Acanthus Architects df and HarrisonStevens landscape architects, the proposal will house around 400 students from the 2016/17 academic year.

Richard Simpson, managing director of property for Unite said: “This site is in an excellent central location, in a market with favourable supply/demand dynamics and in a city we expect to experience continued growth. By renovating and bringing back into use a listed building, we are pleased to contribute to the regeneration of this city centre location.”

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