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Asset Management

Creating value through asset management projects in our estate.

Creating value through asset management projects 

In addition to our development activity, we see significant opportunities to drive superior rental growth, improve the environmental performance of our buildings and create value through asset management projects across our estate.

These projects typically have shorter lead times than new developments, often carried out over the summer period, and deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns.

In conversation with: our Asset Management Director

Claire Barber

We are creating spaces where our students want to live, and where they feel they belong. A huge amount of thought has gone into our new designs and this really addresses how we can improve the student experience – the feeling of more space in bedrooms and space to socialise and relax.

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£24million upgrade to three properties

The investment is being made at Station Court in London, Oak Brook Park in Birmingham, and Bridge House in Edinburgh. The projects, which will complete this year, will see improvements to student bedrooms, bathrooms, kitchens, common areas, as well as enhancements to improve the environmental performance of the buildings.

Station Court kitchen refurbishment

Refurbishing major London property

The £1.5 million refurbishment project of our Stratford ONE property in East London includes a raft of improvements focussed on the needs of our students.

Updates have been made to the ground and near-top levels of our 28-storey Stratford ONE property, next to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

The building, on International Way, is home to more than 1,000 students and is part of the legacy of the 2012 Olympics.

Upgrades were completed to the reception, mezzanine and podium level, and our sky room on the 26th floor.

Newly refurbished reception at Stratford ONE
Newly refurbished seating at Stratford ONE

Enhancing Rushford Court, Durham

In partnership with Durham University, the project will improve and extend the 358-bedroom building, and a two-storey amenity hub will be built.

Rushford Court will be a temporary college from September next year before the intention is that it will become the university's 18th college.

£65million refurbishment of three properties in Manchester

Refurbishment of three properties in Manchester – Parkway Gate, Kincardine Court and New Medlock House – was completed in time for start of 2022/23 academic year.

The £65 million project saw the addition of 137 new bedrooms, and improved sustainability throughout, including installation of air source heat pumps as well as the buildings benefiting from new social spaces, karaoke rooms, cinema rooms and gyms.

£9.4million refurbishment of one of our Newcastle properties

We replaced the external façade at Manor Bank, which is home to more than 500 students, who remained living there during the works.

The project, which was completed earlier this year, includes new materials to improve the safety and look of the building, which is located on Pandon Bank near the city centre.