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Friargate Court student flats complete and first residents imminent

Posted on - 28th August, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Business, Friargate, Preston City Centre, Preston News, University campus
The scaffolding has come down as the development prepares to welcome its first students

The scaffolding has come down as the development prepares to welcome its first students

A new part of Friargate’s skyline is now finished.

Portgate’s new block of student accommodation has been completed and will soon see its first tenants moving in.

With 244-bedrooms the £18m Friargate Court is aimed at international students and postgraduates.

Three new shops are also due to be opened along the front of the building facing into Friargate.

New students are due to begin moving in on Monday 19 September.

Read more: Coffee shop for Friargate Court gets swirl of approval

Managing director Karen Preece said: “We are excited to be taking bookings at Friargate Court as we have already been inundated with enquiries from both the UK and all parts of the world.

“Friargate Court will set a very high standard for student accommodation and that can only be good for UCLan as it aims to attract the best students from around the globe.”

The crane reaching above the Friargate skyline

The crane reaching above the Friargate skyline during the building of the flats

A second part of the development is due to be completed for September 2017.

Read more: Behind the scenes at Friargate Court

The rooms within Friargate Court are a world away from typical student accommodation, with high end furnishings, flat-screen TVs and top of the range kitchen equipment.

Ms Preece said: “The tremendously high standards Portergate sets reflect the demands and expectations of today’s students, and in particular their parents, who expect their sons and daughters to live in well designed, safe accommodation while they enjoy their higher education.”

What do you think of the new student flats? Will it kick start more development in Friargate? Let us know in the comments below

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