The developers of the latest student flat block in Sheffield are focusing on quality to ensure they stand out among a growing crowd.
Brass Founders, a 437-bed complex in Scotland Street, will open to new tenants in September.
It is one of several large developments around the area coming to be known as St Vincent’s.
Once full of Sheffield’s famous industry, it is now dotted with cranes and rapidly transforming into a large student village.
Alongside the existing flats such as Velocity Villageand Aspect 3, Unite Students is working on a 600-bed complex around St Vincent’s Church, off Solly Street, and a 246-bed scheme between Hollis Croft and Garden Street nearby.
And work has also begun on a complex capable of housing more than 1,000 students on the former Footprint Tools factory, also off Hollis Croft.
But at the topping out ceremony of Brass Founders - named after the former works on site - visitors were shown how Crosslane Student Developments and partner Prime Student Living will try to set their buildings apart from the rest.
Show flats demonstrate the kind of relative luxury students can expect, whether they choose one of 293 en-suite cluster flats, or go for one of the 144 self-contained studio apartments across the six, seven and eight-storey complex.
Bright colours and modern appliances are a big improvement on the shabby old university halls that are fast disappearing, and offer a safer and more economical lifestyle than shared houses in areas such as Crookes and Broomhill.
There are solar panels on the highest roofs, and the lower outbuildings will have a green living roof.
Once complete, Brass Founders will also include a large common room, study hub, games area, cinema/multi-media room, on-site gym and a kitchen/dining entertaining room, as well as a large outdoor private courtyard with an accessible terrace and on-site cycle storage.
Staff from the various firms involved in the development - from architects to estate agents - were told this week that Brass Founders was on schedule to be ready for the first students to move in ahead of the 2017/18 academic year.
Interest is already high, with more than 200 beds reserved.
Members of the city council’s planning committee have repeatedly questioned whether the demand exists for so many new student flat developments.
But with more than 60,000 under- and postgraduates studying in the city and increasingly seeking city centre living, Crosslane is confident Brass Founders will succeed.
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