Kier swoops on Southampton site for student digs

Aaron Morby 8 years ago
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Kier’s property arm is aiming to build a major student accommodation scheme in Southampton after buying a key city centre site from administrators.

Joint administrators from KPMG have completed the sale of the 2.3-acre East Street site which saw a shopping centre cleared to make way for an abandoned supermarket scheme.

The Kier team has developed a proposal for a 423-room student-led development together with associated retail and leisure space.

It is located in a prime space close to Solent University and forms part of the drive to regenerate Southampton through the city centre masterplan, which also includes the Mapmakers development, where Kier is delivering 66 homes on the site of the former Ordnance Survey headquarters.

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East Street scheme is one of several student accommodation schemes being developed by Kier Property

East Street Southampton

East Street site was earmarked for a supermarket scheme originally

Gillian Scarth, senior development manager at Kier Property, said: “The redevelopment of this prime site in Southampton city centre has been eagerly anticipated since the site was cleared in 2013.

“It’s a great success story and we are looking forward to playing a key role in the regeneration of the city.”

She added: “The East Street scheme forms part of our UK-wide strategy to acquire land and property in order to deliver a full range of direct-let student facilities. We have a proven track record in delivering student accommodation-led schemes, having successfully opened 264 student bedrooms in Glasgow last summer and we announced a further 329 bedrooms in Newcastle earlier this month.

“We continue to expand in the sector with a pipeline of over 1,000 student rooms planned in the north and south of England, over the next five years.”

Administrators were appointed to Arcadian Estates Limited, which owned the East Street site, on 17 December 2014, and the site was brought to market in spring 2015.

In addition to the student accommodation, Kier Property has also submitted plans for retail and leisure use, and a decision on these elements is expected in April.

The entire East Street development is expected to complete in September 2017.

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