Client, project team representatives and the Lord Mayor came together this week to mark the topping out of Sheffield’s newest student-living development promoting health and wellbeing
Warden Construction led the celebrations, alongside developer Fraser Morgan, architect David Cox Architects and special guest, the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, as the construction of Nurtur House reached full height ahead of programme.
Located in the heart of the St Vincent’s Quarter, and with views right across the City, the team marked the occasion by heading to the roof for a short speech. Richard Kenworthy, managing director at Warden Construction, praised the project team’s drive and commitment in reaching this milestone and the collective ambition to ensure the accommodation will provide an outstanding experience for many students living away from home for the first time.
The 288-bed scheme, valued at £26million, is part of Fraser Morgan’s health and wellbeing student-living offer; a concept which has hit a real niche in the market in promoting healthy lifestyles and a focus on social interaction. It features a roof gardens and ground level garden, large communal areas, a get-together facility for cooking events and nights in watching movies, cinema room and a gymnasium. It will also have an on-site concierge service offering healthy meals for students, as well as exercise classes including yoga and mindfulness sessions.
The development will offer a flexible choice of room styles for various budgets; from classic and premium, up to garden and penthouse.
Managing the scheme will be Nurtur Student Living, set up by Fraser Morgan to ensure the meticulous details of the development are managed at every step; from initial show flat viewings and tenancy management, to providing a regular friendly welcome and point of contact for any queries or advice.
Richard Kenworthy, Managing Director at Warden Construction, commented “Marking the half way stage alongside the full project team is a real celebration of progress to date and we’re pleased to report the scheme is ahead of programme by one week with installation of the external façade continuing over the next few months.”
Mark Robinson, Managing Director of Fraser Morgan, said “We had a vision of what purpose-built student accommodation should be which is turning into an exciting reality here at Nutur House. The Fraser Morgan team, in conjunction with Nurtur Student Living, are really setting the bar with this facility as this development is much more than just student accommodation; it will be a place where students live to learn and learn to live. Offering students the best facilities, whether it be a friendly chat from our management team, a stunning roof-top terrace to socialise and relax with friends, or even our ‘smart laundry’ service, we will ensure they have the best chance to enjoy their time during their academic studies and ultimately gain the grades they require.”
Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Councillor Tony Downing, who was invited to site to mark the occasion, stated “Seeing this new development changing Sheffield’s skyline really does set a new standard for students living in the City. The scheme principles of creating a healthy environment with a strong focus on personal wellbeing is very much welcomed and, once the development is complete in the Autumn, I am sure students will thrive during their time here in Sheffield.”
David Cox, Director at award-winning David Cox Architects, stated “The geometry and topography of Sheffield combines to create acute angles between streets which has been celebrated here at Nutur House. The tight site, on the corner of Allen Street and Shepherd Street, lends itself to this dramatic curved façade which has really come alive with the steel frame taking shape over the last few months. In designing the internal spaces we’ve optimised natural daylight and provided spacious room sizes throughout to ensure students comfort and wellbeing are top of the agenda.”
Nurtur House is the second health and wellbeing student-living offer by Fraser Morgan, with Warden Construction and David Cox Architects being appointed once again following the success of Canterbury Hall in Preston which was fully let upon completion in 2018.
Nurtur House will be open in September 2020 ready for the student term intake.