Halliday Clark have submitted proposals to Leeds City Council for this 604-bed, £40m student scheme at Carlton Hill.
Replacing a scheme designed by Halliday Clark over 25 years ago on the same site, for the same developer Pickard Properties, the new design provides affordable accommodation with student ‘wellbeing’ at its heart.
“We believe this scheme may be unique, certainly in Leeds, and possibly in the UK, specifically responding to the issues surrounding students’ mental health”, says Director Adam Clark. Working with Unipol Student Homes and the University of Leeds, Halliday Clark have developed a series of design features embedded within the scheme which aim to combat these issues.
In addition to larger than standard bedrooms and living spaces, the scheme incorporates a series of 3-storey Sky Gardens, which provide social and common study spaces for clusters of apartments.
“It is critical to ensure students have safe and secure spaces, in addition to their own study bedroom”, says Clark. In addition to these Sky Gardens, the large fully landscaped roof terraces are provided to give additional ‘fresh air’ spaces as an extension of the extensive landscaped courtyard at ground level.
Adam Clark concludes “We have had the benefit of working with the client team for more than 25 years on various student living projects, using the latest Student Survey data from Unipol, who are the preeminent authority on student experience and management. We want to use this combined experience to really make a step change in the criteria used by developers for any form of student accommodation project”.