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Stepnell awarded multimillion pound Leicester student accommodation project

Zone has chosen Stepnell for a multimillion pound contract to create high-quality new student accommodation at a prominent site in Leicester city centre.

The multimillion pound project will transform former commercial buildings on the corner of West Walk and Princess Road East to provide 85 self-contained studio bedrooms, each with en-suite bathrooms. Designed by MAS Architecture, the development will also offer communal facilities including a gym, cinema room, common room, study pods and on-site laundry facilities.

Construction work recently began on the scheme which will see the refurbishment of two existing Victorian buildings on the site to provide contemporary, fully-equipped student accommodation within easy reach of the University of Leicester, De Montfort University, local shops and transport. An unsympathetic 20th century building on the site will also be demolished and replaced with an attractive modern building designed to complement its 19th century surroundings. The development, set to be completed in spring 2018, will use modular bathrooms pods – manufactured in advanced factory conditions – which are delivered on site fully fitted, ready to be installed.

As part of its commitment to delivering benefits for local communities, Stepnell plans to create opportunities for Leicester-based construction students to visit the project and gain valuable industry experience by taking part in work placements.

Zone director Neil Thakkar says: “Stepnell is an established and well-regarded construction firm and we are delighted to be working with the company once again to create this impressive new student accommodation in the heart of Leicester.”

Our Nottingham operations and commercial manager Thomas Sewell says: “We are extremely pleased to be continuing our partnership with Zone through the award of this latest contract. The company has a strong record in the sector, with a history of delivering highly successful accommodation designed to meet the needs of today’s students. It is great to be bringing that technical expertise to this latest scheme for Zone.” Stepnell is currently working nearby on a major student accommodation scheme for Zone in Princess Road East, creating a four-storey development which will house 110 self-contained studio bedrooms and which is set for completion in September 2017.