Construction has begun on Select Property Group’s Vita Student Village in York which will see the 6.3 acre site, which was formerly St Joseph’s Convent on Lawrence Street, sympathetically restored into stylish student accommodation, creating a brand new student village in the city.
Owner Select Property Group, a global developer, retailer and operator of market-leading investment brands, will renovate the convent buildings into stylish social spaces which will include private study rooms, expansive lounge areas, private dining rooms, a movie room and state-of-the-art gym.
In addition to the convent restoration, an additional 14, three and four-storey buildings will be constructed to create an exclusive student village totalling 649 beds to accommodate the city’s increasing student population.
The unique campus-style development features extensively landscaped grounds, including outdoor seating areas and the retention of a communal orchard. Yielding two tonnes of fruit a year, the orchard will form a focal point of the development with new buildings named after the pears, apples and plums it grows.
The York scheme will operate under Select’s award winning Vita Student brand, the UK’s only experience-led student accommodation provider which is revolutionary in the market and continually recognised and awarded for its commitment to the student customer.
Talking about the start of the build, Mark Oakes, Chief Commercial Officer of Select Property Group, said:
“A great deal of time and attention has been put into designing a home for students in York that retains the character and charm of the former convent, while offering superb facilities, communal areas and social spaces.
“We’ve worked closely with the Diocese, planning officers and Historic England to ensure that the design and development of the site is sympathetic and in keeping with its long-standing heritage in York. It will be a stunning, one-of-a-kind residence ideally located in the heart of the city and we can’t wait to open the doors.”
Vita Student offers unrivalled customer service for students throughout their tenancy, organising a busy calendar of events and social activities to encourage students to feel settled and at home in their chosen city.
The appointed contractor is national firm Wates Construction and the site is scheduled for completion in August 2017.