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Hydrock supports planning application for exciting PBSA project in Leeds

27th Nov 2023

We’re guiding McLaren Property, the leading residential and student accommodation developer, with its proposals for a new 332-bed student accommodation scheme in Leeds that will include the redevelopment of a listed building.

McLaren Property has submitted an application to Leeds City Council for construction of the new purpose-built student scheme and the refurbishment and conversion of grade II-listed Springfield House.

We’ll be providing a range of engineering design services for the project, including fire safety, air quality, acoustics, and sustainability/BREEAM. Our team will work closely with the project architects and other stakeholders to ensure that the Springfield House redevelopment would be delivered to the highest standards of quality, safety, and sustainability.

Designed by Cartwright Pickard Architects the proposed development would have the listed building as the main entrance to the development. It would also house amenity and support services for the purpose-built student accommodation, including a gym and wellness area, study spaces, games room and entertaining kitchen/dining spaces, both internally and in private courtyards.

Two new wings would be created to provide student accommodation, comprising 138 studios and 194 cluster bedrooms. Each wing would be self-contained with its own private landscaped courtyard, laundry, refuse and cycle provision.

Chris Chennell, regional director — north east, said:

We’re delighted to team up with McLaren Property again and be involved in this exciting project. Springfield House represents a major investment in Leeds, and we’re proud to be playing a role in its transformation. Furthermore, as a University of Leeds Alumni, this project also holds a personal connection.

The development will target BREEAM Excellent and EPC A through a highly efficient building design and services. It will also include green landscaped space, with the retention of all the existing trees as well as planting of new trees.

Chris added:

We’re committed to working with our partners to deliver a high-quality development that will regenerate this listed building to benefit the local community for many years to come.

Hydrock also provided integrated engineering design, energy and sustainability on McLaren Property’s 473-bed Leonardo & Thoresby scheme, expected to complete later in 2023.

Photo courtesy of McLaren Property