Blackpool building firm in £40m student deal

Create Construction is set to build 366 student flats in Sheffield
Create Construction is set to build 366 student flats in Sheffield
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A Blackpool construction company has sealed a deal to work on a £40.4m construction project in Sheffield.

Create Construction, of Hallam Way, has won the contract to create a new student accommodation development in the city centre, on behalf of specialist university accommodation brand Vita Student.

The two firms have linked up previously with similar projects in Exeter and Bristol.

The £40.4 million project represents Vita Student’s eighth and largest residence to date, with 366 units.

The 15-storey 90,000 sq. ft. site was formerly owned by BT and was acquired by Vita Student last year for an undisclosed sum.

The 366 studio flats are aimed at students and postgraduates connected to the two universities in Sheffield where there is a huge under supply of high quality purpose-built accommodation.

Paul Mathison, (pictured) Create Construction’s managing director, said: “This is our third major contract for Vita Student, having delivered residences for them in Exeter and Bristol last year.

“This large scale project builds on our significant portfolio of work in the student accommodation sector.

“We are delighted to have been selected for their Sheffield project and look forward to supporting Vita Student in realising their aspirations of providing unique experiences through the delivery of stylish, high quality residences and exceptional customer service. The project is currently on site and is due for completion in September 2015.”

Students living at Telephone House will have fitted kitchens, en-suite bathrooms, free high-speed 100MB broadband, Wi-Fi and a flat screen smart TV.

There will also be a large social hub space, gym and movie room.

Vita Student was founded in 2012 by Select Property Group, the UK’s leading retailer of investment property.

CCO of Select Property Group Mark Oakes said: “Sheffield is a key residence for us with student interest being high. Selecting the right construction partner was key, so working with Create was an obvious choice as we have a strong working relationship and they understand the importance of hitting deadlines.”