Work has begun on a new large block of student flats near to the University of Central Lancashire campus.Advertisement
Jubilee Court in Fylde Road in the University area is to see 226 students living in 44 five-bedroom flats.
The colour of the building, which was granted planning permission last year, is having to be changed due to its ‘garish’ nature.
Councillors are to hear revised plans from developers Alpha Homes at Thursday’s planning committee.
Derek Kewley, director at Alpha Homes, said: “There is a real lack of supply of high quality student accommodation in Preston, and with the number of people choosing to study in the city surging year on year, the new scheme will really help plug this gap.”
Costing £13million the exterior of the flats was due to be green and yellow, but is to be a duller colour.
Harbur Construction are now on site in the former Jubilee Trading Estate to begin work, which is expected to be completed by July next year.
Richard Hutchinson, managing director at Harbur Construction, said: “The Fylde Road development is Harbur’s first scheme in the student accommodation sector, but we already have an array of other student development opportunities in the pipeline, so it’s a time of real expansion and growth for Harbur Construction.
“The development is located close to the main university campus and is being built using high quality materials so the properties will be robust enough for student living.”
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Plans for Jubilee Court were originally refused before revised plans were approved last year. The latest application to be discussed on Thursday triggered a number of objections from nearby residents and 29-name petition against the colour scheme.
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