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01/09/2011 // Construction

Work set to begin on huge student village

The 614 bed development in Moss Side, will see three blocks up to nine storeys high in the self-contained complex.

Located next to Whitworth Park off Oxford Road, the first phase of 246 bedrooms is due to be completed by September next year. The remaining 368 rooms will be completed by September 2013. Developers Worthington Properties say the Denmark Road complex will also include common rooms, a courtyard garden and a games room for students.

And after initial plans for an underground car park at the development were scrapped, students will also be banned from keeping cars under an agreement in their lease. Just 24 parking spaces will be created for those who are disabled or can prove owning a car is ‘essential’.

Worthington Properties’ Development Director, Russell Worthington, said: “The new development is in a prime location, where there is an underlying demand for high quality student accommodation.

The development will be a valuable addition to the student quarter.

Worthington Properties are sympathetic to Manchester City Council’s priorities and to the needs of the local ward and as such a restrictive covenant will be in place for each tenant, expressly prohibiting them from owning or using a car in the borough of Greater Manchester.This is positive news for the local community, ensuring there will be no negative impact on car parking in the local area”.

The complex will be built on the site of former Ducie Court Victorian buildings which were being used as a nursery and homeless shelter before being torn down last year.

The new buildings, made of red brick with brushed metal panels, have been designed by architects Hodder + Partners.

They are also the firm behind the £22m, 33-storey student tower due to be completed on Marlborough Street next to Oxford Road Station next year.

Moss Side Councillor, Alistair Cox said: “This development is a well-placed student provision and we would expect students who live there to use public transport. This area already has considerable parking problems and it is next to the universities and the MRI”.

Permission for the student flats was first given three years ago to a Jersey-based developer, who then sold the land to Worthington Properties before any work was started.

Worthingtons have since submitted applications to change the shape and layout of the three blocks which were finally rubber-stamped by town planners at the end of July, allowing work to start.

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