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Planning permission granted for luxury accommodation in Manchester

Vita Student at First Street, a £25million project that provides hotel standard accommodation to Manchester’s students, has today been granted planning permission.   The innovative scheme, which comprises of 279 luxurious self-contained apartments and a 5,400sqft student hub which includes a gym, retail unit and gaming area, will be the only student accommodation of its kind in the city when completed in August 2014.

Forming part of the prestigious £500m First Street development, the Vita Student project will be located adjacent to Number One First Street, offering students a great base in the city, close to Manchester’s universities, central library, shops and bars, and highly accessible by all forms of public transport.

The development is the fourth to be created by Vita Student, a premium student property brand directed by the management teams behind the award-winning luxury developer, Huntsmere, and Wilmslow-based investment property specialist, Select Property.

In agreeing to the scheme consideration was given to the existing volume of student accommodation in Manchester, however it was felt that Vita Student brings something new and unique to the city and its students, filling a gap in the market.

Mark Stott, CEO of Select Property, commented: “There is a growing need for high quality accommodation in Manchester, predominantly driven by international students. With the city home to over 13,000 students from overseas, there is a huge demand that is not being met. Vita Student addresses this demand by delivering luxury, high spec accommodation that currently doesn’t exist.”

The scheme has been designed by the Manchester office of 5plus Architects and embodies the practices’ ethos to deliver buildings that are not only beautiful but incredibly efficient to build.

The facade disguises the uniformity of the development and the design allows a generous and welcoming ground and first floor area for occupiers as well as connecting with the public realm.


Vita Student Manchester – Facilities

All the properties in Vita Student Manchester will include en-suite shower-rooms finished with porcelain tiling, a kitchen area with fully integrated appliances, lacquered cabinetry, corian surfacing, as well as broadband and flat screen TV.  Every student also has access to the 5,400 sqft ‘student hub’ that includes convenience, retail, gym, pool tables, gaming area, communal iMacs, laundry room, lounging and study areas.   The complex itself has 24 hour security and reception and aims to open its doors to paying students in September 2014.



Notes to editors

About Vita Student

Vita Student was founded by local entrepreneurs Chris Oakes, of Alderley Edge-based luxury residential developer Huntsmere, and Mark Stott of Wilmslow-based property investment company, Select Property.  Vita Student is the first of its kind in the UK, designing, developing and delivering high quality student accommodation to a standard not currently seen in the UK.

Vita Student already has a £27million development in central Liverpool.


For more information please contact Helen White


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