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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 refurbishment 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.

In 2024, we’re making our biggest ever investment into building improvement projects. It is about making the right level of investment, which will be different for each building. It’s about setting ourselves up for success in the future.

In conversation with: Claire Barber

Our plans for 2024

Our planned refurbishment projects

FOR 2024


Improving our former cathedral property

Our Cathedral Park building in Bristol is undergoing a £1.7million improvement. The 254-bed former cathedral, in Clifton, has had roof windows updated as part of a 10-month project.

The 19th century property is Grade II listed and has scaffolding erected around the whole building, which took four months. There is a temporary roof structure while four Velux windows in each studio flat are being replaced. New windows include a remote-control feature.

Unite Students Cathedral Park, Bristol
Unite Students, Cathedral Park, Bristol


£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


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.

Build work starts at Unite Students' Rushford Court

Completed projects

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.

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

£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.