STUDENTS had something to cheer about at the weekend with the topping out ceremony of a new purpose-built student accommodation in Huddersfield.

UNITE, the UK firm specialising in developing such accommodation, celebrated the topping out of their new property, Saw Mill, in a joint celebration with construction partner Watkins-Jones.

The new development will provide an additional 378 beds for the 2014/15 academic year at the University of Huddersfield.

Located close to the main university campus, at the junction of Wakefield Road and Kings Mill Lane, the development cost £14 million. The topping out celebrates the completion of the structural phase of what will be UNITE’s third development in the town.

The company opened its first student home in Huddersfield in 2004.

The construction of Saw Mill has provided employment for over 70 site workers and once complete will provide an additional four permanent jobs.

The topping out ceremony was performed by Nosheen Dad, president of the Huddersfield Student Union.

Watkin Jones group chairman Glyn Watkin Jones, UNITE city team manager Fritha Jaine, Huddersfield Student Union president Nosheen Dad and UNITE property managing director Richard Simpson at the Saw Mill topping out
Watkin Jones group chairman Glyn Watkin Jones, UNITE city team manager Fritha Jaine, Huddersfield Student Union president Nosheen Dad and UNITE property managing director Richard Simpson at the Saw Mill topping out
 

She said: “The NUS constantly strive to enhance the student experience. For a student finding a home that provides the right environment to support their studies, that also helps them integrate into university life and their local community is invaluable and it is great to see the work that UNITE are doing in providing this.”

Richard Simpson, managing director of property for UNITE, said: “This new student home in Huddersfield is part of UNITE’s targeted regional development programme, which will see new properties open in Bristol, Newcastle, Aberdeen and Edinburgh in the next few years.

“This development will ensure we continue to provide a home for students with the right living and studying conditions to support their success.”

UNITE’s new Huddersfield property is made up of 17 studios and 56 shared flats, all with en-suite bathrooms.

Once finished it will provide students with a home with features such LED lighting, landscaped gardens, Wi-Fi internet throughout and communal areas for students to relax in.

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