Alumno and Fresh Living have launched the first show room at their Benedict’s Gate student residence, which is currently under construction and on target for completion in September 2020.
Contractors HG Construction are making great progress on the building works and have now set up a ground floor studio room, which provides students interested in living in this exciting new development with the opportunity to get a feel for their new home.
Stakeholders including the Council and University of East Anglia were welcomed in to show unit by Alumno and Fresh to get a glimpse of what the student accommodation will look like when it opens.
Benedict’s Gate is Alumno’s third project in Norwich following two successful developments in the All Saints Green area of the city. The first is occupied by students from NUA, while the second, Pablo Fanque House, opened to University of East Anglia (UEA) students in September 2018.
The Benedict’s Gate scheme will offer 302 ensuite and studio rooms for students, along with communal kitchens and lounges. The landscaping around the development will be of a high quality, addressing the need to provide vibrant and sustainable outdoor space, alongside other modern sustainable features. There will also be a new public car park to be run by the city council, which will assist local businesses and ensure St Benedict’s remains a vibrant independent shopping destination.
Speaking at the opening event, Alumno managing director David Campbell said: “Benedict’s Gate is another leap forward in terms of offering students who choose to study in Norwich high quality, secure and modern accommodation in a vibrant location in this dynamic city. It is important for the future residents of our latest Norwich development to be able to explore and experience the locality and environment they will be living in, which is why we’ve launched a show studio room now.
“As with all Alumno schemes, we have taken great care to engage with the surrounding local businesses and residents. The new student communities will be a welcome boost for local businesses, and the new community and cultural hub this creates will drive further investment and opportunities in the west of city centre.”
Commenting on Benedict’s Gate, Paul Bailey, Accommodation Manager at UEA, said: “Following the success of our partnership with Alumno with Pablo Fanque House we are pleased to be working with them again to provide our students with another high quality purpose built residence in the heart of Norwich. We are looking forward to welcoming the first UEA student residents to Benedict’s Gate in September 2020.”
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