Industry experts educate students at new city centre development
The Cookridge Street site is being developed into 96 self-contained studio apartments, known as Oasis Residence.
It was designed by Brewster Bye Architects, with The Broadley Group, with Adept Consulting Engineers providing structural engineering services and NOVO providing mechanical and electrical engineering design.
Last week, 20 students from Leeds Beckett University’s School of Built Environment and Engineering course were given a tour of the development.
Tahira Hamid and Alison Jackson, who are both Senior Lecturers at Leeds Beckett University’s School of Built Environment & Engineering, accompanied the students. Alison said: “Site visits are hugely valuable to our students because they offer a real taste of life on live construction projects.
“Having the opportunity to tour this site provided a great insight into both the construction programme and, more crucially, the thought process behind all the various aspects of the scheme. We’re grateful to YPP, Adept, Broadley and Brewster Bye and look forward to seeing the development complete in the coming months.”
Students heard from representatives from each of the companies, and project manager Allan Irvine from Broadley, gave an overview of the construction programme and explained how they had overcome the challenges of working within a confined city centre site.
Omar Al-Nujaifi, from YPP, says: “This development is set to become one of Leeds city centre’s most sought after student addresses, offering a superb range of apartments, with excellent communal facilities, in a stunning building just off Millennium Square. We’re fortunate to be working on the project with a wide range of other highly skilled, fellow Leeds businesses and as a collective we’re delighted to be able to share our knowledge and expertise with Leeds Beckett University’s students.”
The Cookridge Street site was formerly home to Australian themed bar chain Walkabout, which closed in 2013 and was demolished last year. When work completes later this year, the new development will also offer two ground floor retail units, a lettings office that will be occupied by YPP, and a wide range of communal facilities for residents including a lounge, gym, cinema room and study areas.