Building work begins on huge 20 storey block student flat skyscraper in Leeds city centre

By Laura Withers

Building work has begun on a 20 storey student residential accommodation in Leeds.

The block, which is being built by civil engineering contractor Farrans Construction, will be in Leeds city centre.

The development, from Infinity Construction Enterprises, will be known as ‘Live Oasis: Strato’ and it will be aligned to the existing Live Oasis brand.

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A total of 210 studio apartments will be provided within the property featuring kitchen, bedroom, en suite, storage and living facilities.

The range of communal spaces will include a gym, meeting rooms, multimedia room, communal lounge and kitchen, study spaces, wellbeing lounge and eighth floor roof terrace.

The design and build project is expected to complete in September 2023.

The development will be exclusively managed by YPP Student and Professional Lettings, which has been operating since 2010 and currently manages over 2,000 beds over 42 properties and across 7 cities.

Cathal Montague, regional director for Farrans Construction, said: “This is an exciting project for Farrans, in one of the most ambitious and energetic cities in the UK at the moment, and it further cements our portfolio in the midlands and north of England.

"We are pleased to be building ‘Live Oasis: Strato’ in Leeds and adding to the regeneration of the city centre.

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"We are about to complete a similar multi-storey project in Coventry called Elliott’s Yard, and our client was able to see that we are experienced in delivering technically challenging projects of this nature, in a central location, with a small site footprint and using Modern Methods of Construction.

“We are looking forward to becoming part of the Leeds community and providing educational and apprenticeship opportunities for young people to experience the construction industry.

"We always aim to leave a long-lasting, positive impact in the areas that we work and we will have a strong presence from our team on site from late September. We will be keeping the local community up to date with inform newsletters and a community noticeboard.”

Omar Al-Najafi from Infinity Construction Enterprises, said: “We have been operating in Leeds for many years and we know that this part of the city has been evolving from a typically office- based environment to one of high residential demand, particularly from the growing student population.

"The development has been designed with their needs in mind, to provide a vibrant and central location to experience university life in. The development will push the boundaries in terms of the experience students can expect in Leeds.

"We are looking forward to working with Farrans and our wider project delivery team as we progress on site.”

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