Construction has started on Select Property Group’s Vita Student Village in York which will see the 6.3 acre site which was formerly St Joseph’s Convent on Lawrence Street, transformed into student accommodation.

Owners Select Property Group will renovate the convent buildings into stylish social spaces which will include private study rooms, expansive lounge areas, private dining rooms, a movie room and state-of-the-art gym.

In addition to the convent restoration, an additional 14, three and four-storey buildings will be constructed to create an exclusive student village totalling 649 beds to accommodate the city’s increasing student population. The York scheme will operate under Select’s Vita Student brand.

Mark Oakes, chief commercial officer of Select Property Group, said: “A great deal of time  and attention has been put into designing a home for students in York that retains the character and charm of the former convent, while offering superb facilities, communal areas and social spaces. We’ve worked closely with the Diocese, planning officers and Historic England to ensure that the design and development of the site is sympathetic and in keeping with its long-standing heritage in York. It will be a stunning, one-of-a-kind residence ideally located in the heart of the city and we can’t wait to open the doors.”

The appointed contractor is Wates Construction and the site is scheduled for completion in August 2017.