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OUR DEVELOPMENT PIPELINE

We aim to have a development pipeline of more than 2,000 beds per annum,
creating high-quality accommodation in prime locations.

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We celebrate a huge milestone in Durham

We celebrated a milestone in the construction work at our 358-bed Durham property, Rushford Court. Our colleagues, representatives from Durham University and our build contractor Brims Construction Limited marked the moment with a golden bolt ceremony at Rushford Court.

It symbolises the last steel beam being bolted into place. The project is due to complete in autumn this year.

The property is being extended and improved and a two-storey amenity hub - which will include a reception and study and social spaces - is being built in front of the property.

Build work starts at Unite Students' Rushford Court
Our joint venture with

Newcastle University

We’re delighted to announce a joint venture agreement with Newcastle University to develop a 2,000-bed property. The long-term partnership will see us demolish the university’s existing Castle Leazes building and construct new student accommodation, for delivery in 2027 and 2028.

Joe Lister, our CEO, said: “Unite Students is uniquely positioned to help address the shortage of student homes through our long-standing and trusted university relationships, best-in-class operating platform and in-house development capability.”

Bromley Place, Nottingham

We've reached a major milestone in the construction of our new 271-bed property in Nottingham. The super-structure of Bromley Place, which is due to open for the start of the 2024/25 academic year, is now complete. The project team and stakeholders celebrated with a topping out ceremony.

This is our first new-build property designed for postgraduate students. It will include newly designed bedrooms, which include bathroom pods with larger showers, and host impressive amenity and study space.

Avon Point, Bristol

We've signed a build contract to develop a new circa 600-bed property in Bristol.

With total development costs of £75million, Avon Point will be constructed adjacent to the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter campus, ready for the 2025/26 academic year. Half of the rooms have been pre-let to University of Bristol students through a long-term lease agreement.

Jubilee House, Strategy Box

Hawthorne House, Stratford, London

Work is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2023 on the 36-storey, 716 bed scheme in Stratford, London.

The development will incorporate 65,000 sq ft of academic space, which will be occupied by the London Academy of Excellence (LAE) for an initial 35-year term, through the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

Burnet Point, Edinburgh

Our new property in Edinburgh will combine student, build-to-rent (BTR) and affordable units – making it the first of its kind for our portfolio.

Burnet Point will also be our lowest carbon new-build to date, It will have 298 student beds, 49 private-rented and 17 affordable residential apartments, and dedicated community space. Completion expected in September 2025 for the 2025/26 academic year.

Meridian Square, Stratford

We've received planning committee approval to build a 952-bed east London property. The Stratford development, next to Meridian Steps near Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, is a 41-storey tower targeted to complete in 2028. The construction of a new entrance and exit to Stratford Underground Station is also part of the plans, providing a positive benefit to the local community by helping to alleviate passenger congestion and improve the area’s infrastructure.

Freestone Island, Bristol

Our Freestone Island development, in Bristol’s Temple Quarter, has total development costs of £73million, and is set to open in 2026.

We're working in partnership with the University of Bristol through a nomination agreement on the property, which will guarantee rooms for the university’s students. The development will provide 4,500 sq ft of affordable workspace and will be BREEAM Excellent with EPC Ratings of A across the scheme.

Our development pipeline

  • 2024
  • 2024
  • 2026
  • 2027/28
  • 2028
  • 2024

    Bromley Place, Nottingham 

    The 271 bed property is due to open for the 2024/25 academic year. It’s our first new-build property designed for postgraduate students.

  • 2024

    Marsh Mills, Bristol

    With total development costs of £75million, Marsh Mills will be constructed adjacent to the University of Bristol’s new Temple Quarter campus, ready for the 2025/26 academic year. Of the 614 beds, half of the rooms have been pre-let to University of Bristol students through a long-term lease agreement.

    Unite Student' Marsh Mills property in Bristol


    Burnet Point, Edinburgh 

    Our new property in Edinburgh will combine student, build-to-rent (BTR) and affordable units – making it the first of its kind for our portfolio.

    Burnet Point will also be our lowest carbon new-build to date, It will have 298 student beds, 49 private-rented and 17 affordable residential apartments, and dedicated community space. Completion expected in September 2025 for the 2025/26 academic year.

    Burnet Point in Edinburgh

  • 2026

    Hawthorne House, Stratford 

    Work is expected to begin in the second quarter of 2023 on the 36-storey, 716 bed scheme in Stratford, London.

    The development will incorporate 65,000 sq ft of academic space, which will be occupied by the London Academy of Excellence (LAE) for an initial 35-year term, through the Secretary of State for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities.

    Unite Students' Hawthorne House in Stratford, London


    Freestone Island, Bristol

    Our 500 bed Freestone Island development, in Bristol’s Temple Quarter, has total development costs of £73million, and is set to open in 2026.

    We’re working in partnership with the University of Bristol through a nomination agreement on the property, which will guarantee rooms for the university’s students. The development will provide 4,500 sq ft of affordable workspace and will be BREEAM Excellent with EPC Ratings of A across the scheme.

    Unite Students' Freestone Island development in Bristol

  • 2027/28

    Castle Leazes, Newcastle

    We’re delighted to announce a joint venture agreement with Newcastle University to develop a 2,000-bed property. The long-term partnership will see us demolish the university’s existing Castle Leazes building and construct new student accommodation, for delivery in 2027 and 2028.

  • 2028

    Meridian Place, Stratford

    We’ve received planning committee approval to build a 952-bed east London property. The Stratford development, next to Meridian Steps near Westfield Stratford City shopping centre, is a 41-storey tower targeted to complete in 2028. The construction of a new entrance and exit to Stratford Underground Station is also part of the plans, providing a positive benefit to the local community by helping to alleviate passenger congestion and improve the area’s infrastructure.

    Unite Students' Meridian Square development in Stratford, London

Development Press Releases

24/04/2024
Press releases
Unite Students completes £5.7m refurb of London property
Unite Students, the UK's largest provider of student accommodation, has refurbished a 220-bed property in London to improve resident experience and help realise its aim of becoming net zero carbon.
09/04/2024
Press releases
Unite Students receives planning permission for two major schemes in London and Bristol
Unite Students, the UK's largest provider of student accommodation, has received planning approval for a landmark 952-bed property in east London and 500-bed scheme at a key Bristol location.
27/03/2024
Press releases
Unite Students builds its first mixed use property in Edinburgh
Unite Students’ new 401-bed property in Edinburgh will be a mix of student and private residential – the first of its kind for the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation.
03/01/2024
Press releases
Unite Students begins construction of new 719-bed student property in Stratford, London
Unite Students, the UK's largest provider of student accommodation, has begun the construction phase of its new £185million property in Stratford, London.
18/12/2023
Press releases
Unite Students to build 600-bed student accommodation at Temple Quarter, Bristol
Unite Students, the UK's largest provider of student accommodation, is set to build a new 600-bed development at the heart of Bristol's biggest ever regeneration project.
10/10/2023
Press releases
Unite Students completes £9.2m property refurbishment
Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, has completed a £9.2million refurbishment at Oak Brook Park in Birmingham.
21/09/2023
Press releases
Unite Students completes new £57m property to house 705 students in Nottingham
Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, has completed work on its new £57million property in Nottingham.
16/08/2023
Press releases
Unite Students starts work to enhance Rushford Court, Durham
Unite Students, the UK’s largest provider of student accommodation, has begun work to improve and extend its Rushford Court property in Durham, in partnership with Durham University.

OUR SUPPLIERS

We work with long-standing contractor partners from the outset of each development. This ensures they are an integral part of the development team, contributing to design, risk mitigation and costing throughout the project. By taking this integrated approach, we are able to deliver accommodation schemes with market leading build costs and shorter lead-times without compromising quality.