Students from Surrey and London now have access to luxury accommodation following the complete refurbishment of a nine-storey student accommodation building in Kingston town centre.
Regeneration and housing specialist, Keepmoat, was employed by student accommodation company, iQ Student Accommodation to carry out the renovation of all 214 en-suite rooms, 17 communal kitchens and other amenities including the repurposing of an old bicycle store into a new fitness suite, and a restoration of the building’s foyer and reception.
The building offers single and shared apartments for private rent. As a specially selected student accommodation provider to Kingston University, all iQ Kingston rooms will be occupied by the university’s students.
Keepmoat was able to complete the renovation ahead of schedule during the void period over the summer holidays, despite a tight timescale and the added challenge of building in the busy centre of Kingston upon Thames.
More than 60% of the room types are high quality studio rooms complete with individual kitchenettes, with the remaining apartments having cluster kitchens that are shared by between three to six people.
A demanding 12 week programme of work also provided new en-suite bathroom pods for rooms that required replacing, with a further 11 rooms having a full bathroom restoration.
Mark Aylmer, Director of Property at Vero Group, the holding company of iQ Kingston, said: “From the outset we were impressed by Keepmoat’s understanding of the nature and scale of task and the proposals for delivering to cost, programme and quality parameters.
“In addition, the proposals for dealing with waste products and especially the recycling targets aligned to our core values as a business and added significant overall value to the offer. The execution was excellent and we are very happy with the completed project.”
Simon Lacey, Keepmoat Regional Managing Director of London & South Regeneration added: “This student accommodation refurbishment project was a fantastic job to be involved in and presented us with unique challenges along the way.
“The completion of this scheme ahead of schedule and under such tight timescales is testament to the innovation and professionalism that Keepmoat brings to student accommodation refurbishment projects such as this. We are sure that this sought-after accommodation in the heart of Kingston will provide students with a high quality and enjoyable student living experience.”
The accommodation is situated in the town centre, close to both Kingston station and the university campus, for more information visit: http://www.iq-student-accommodation.com/student-accommodation/london/iq-kingston/location
For more information regarding Keepmoat, please visit keepmoat.com.