In-demand student accommodation development opens in Aberdeen

Aberdeen, Thursday 1st September 2016 New students move in as £11m development opens at Powis Place Sean O'Callaghan, area operations director at Kier Construction Scotland, Lord Provost George Adam and Alumno Developments Managing Director David Campbell.   Picture by Michal Wachucik / Abermedia
Sean O’Callaghan, area operations director for Kier Construction Scotland, Lord Provost George Adam and Alumno Developments managing director David Campbell at Powis Place

A much-needed £11 million student accommodation development has opened its doors in Aberdeen.

Students have started moving in to Alumno Developments’ 196-bed property, situated at Powis Place close to the city centre, ahead of the new academic year.

Demand for student accommodation is high in the city and the property is said to be already 70% pre-let, with the final touches having now been made to the building’s interior following completion last month of the build phase by main contractor Kier Construction Scotland.

Homes for Students will manage the site on behalf of Alumno. Comprising a series of two- to nine-bedroom cluster flats, along with studios, the development includes onsite management facilities, modern amenities and cycle spaces to encourage less car usage.

David Campbell, managing director of Alumno Developments said, “From groundbreaking to today’s opening, the project has been a great success and we look forward to welcoming our first residents.

“In addition to seeing the development completed to a very high standard and on schedule, by our contractor Kier we were also able to offer structural engineering students from the University of Aberdeen an opportunity to tour the site earlier in the construction phase, giving them direct experience of a live project at a crucial stage in their studies.”

Sean O’Callaghan, area operations director at Kier Construction Scotland added, “Kier was delighted to work with Alumno Developments again and deliver much needed modern, quality accommodation for students, right in the heart of Aberdeen’s city centre.

“This project has allowed us to provide local jobs to local people, create a graduate quantity surveyor role and work with the engineering students at the University of Aberdeen to inspire and attract diverse new talent to the construction industry.”