The building division of North Midland Construction has been awarded a £15.25m contract by Victoria Hall Management Ltd to design and build 387 new student residences at Allen House in Leicester city centre.

The project is being funded by the BlackRock UK Property Fund.

NM Group is working with architects LE1 to develop the scheme which includes the sympathetic refurbishment of Allen House, an historic 1920s local landmark with many of the original features of this locally significant building being retained, along with the construction of new build residences.  There will be a mixture of apartment types including cluster accommodation with shared kitchen and living apartments as well as self-contained studio flats, all with en-suite facilities.

The development has been designed to comply with the latest Part L Building Regulations and Leicester City Council’s specific energy efficiency requirement.  It will have a number of sustainability features including a combined heat and power system (CHP) as well as air source heat pumps which will assist in reducing energy usage.

Peter Stuart, head of construction for NM Group’s building division said: “We look forward to working in partnership with Victoria Hall and the team to deliver this significant student accommodation project which will further enhance the student living experience in Leicester.”

Work is just starting on site and the project is due for completion during summer 2016.