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09 June 2014

Cambridge Petrol Station Soon to Become Student Accommodation

A former petrol station in the heart of Cambridge has gained planning permission for redevelopment into a 98 bedroom student accommodation scheme after years of vacancy.


The Pickstock Group will deliver the £4.9 million scheme as a turnkey solution for client Cambridge Land Ltd.


Pickstock Construction will act as the main contractor on this four storey building which will also include just over 1700 sq ft of retail space on the ground floor providing students and locals alike with extra conveniences.


The building which has been carefully designed with the surrounding areain mind, features a green roof encouraging the growth of vegetation, thus enabling the elevation to blend in more effectively. The building also offers lots of natural light with large atriums above communal areas.


The scheme will use Elements Europe’s off-site construction expertise to manufacture 75 studio and 23 en-suite Room Pods for the project, as well as communal kitchens and living spaces. Furthermore, Elements Europe will provide lift and stair cores, corridors, ceiling and floor cassettes, as well as roof structures for the scheme.


Pickstock Construction aims to start on-site in mid-June. The programme has been carefully planned in collaboration with Elements Europe to ensure that everything is ready for the Room Pods arriving for install at the beginning of September.


The site which is located at a junction of two major routes into the city centre is perfectly suited to modular with its need for a quick build programme.


Kevin Arthur, Sales Director for Elements Europe commented “It is critical we work closely with Pickstock Construction to carefully plan the module installation sequence to ensure little disruption on this busy junction.”


The accommodation is located near to Cambridge University which is just a short walk away, as well as shops, restaurants and amenities.


The accommodation will be operated by CRM Ltd, the largest independent accommodation company in the country, managing 19,000 beds nationwide.



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