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The Railyard

Project: The Railyard

Client: Downing

Value: £75m

Located in one of the world’s most prestigious University cities and part of the wider CB1 regeneration scheme of Cambridge railway station and its surrounding areas, this £75 million development provides 585 student beds across 3 new buildings. The development features a mixture of contemporary cluster flats and studios. The broader CB1 development includes commercial space, residential apartments, retail, restaurants and bars.


The Lyra, North Acton

Project: The Lyra, North Acton

Client: Downing

Value: £30m

This £30m scheme features 209 high quality studio apartments. The accommodation is across 2 adjacent 7 storey buildings with retail at ground floor. The development was designed to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘excellent’ and included the creation of 2 new community parks, a pocket park and a biodiversity park.


Downing Plaza

Project: Downing Plaza

Client: Downing

Value: £200m

Phase 1 – New Business School, University of Newcastle. We provided Building and M&E Clerks of Works services on this new build project.

Phase 2 – Central Link. This project was the construction of 520 student bedrooms built across 3 blocks of accommodation

Phase 3 – Central St James. We provided Building Clerks of Works services on this new 332 student accommodation block, which was a mixture of en-suite cluster bedrooms and studio apartments.

Phase 4 – The Ceres. We provided Building Clerks of Works services on this project for Downing.


Central Village

Project: Central Village

Client: Downing

Value: £37m

Hickton worked in partnership with Downing Development on this student accommodation project at the University of Leeds. Over 2 separate phases this project saw the construction of over 900 student apartments in a magnificent 21 storey new build tower.


Project: Zenith Student Accommodation, Cardiff

Client: Fusion Students

Value: £40m

Working on behalf of Fusion Students, we provided site inspections on this £40m, 26-storey tower development based on a tight city centre site. The project was erected on a small triangular piece of land in the middle of the city centre, there is a busy railway line running down one side, the feeder canal to Bute East Dock on the other side and a busy city road to the front. This meant that extra attention was needed to ensure everything was constructed correctly as there was little room for mistakes to be rectified.



Project: VITA Student Westgate

Client: Select Property

Value: £15m

This development in Newcastle comprises 259, self-contained studio apartments over seven floors. Each apartment has been fully furnished with high-spec amenities to a state-of-the-art finish.

We have built up a strong working relationship with VITA and have undertaken inspections on their new build student accommodation projects in York, Manchester, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Birmingham, Leeds, Bristol and Southampton.


Project: The Comet Hotel Hatfield, London 

Client: Fusion Students

This exciting project that we provided Building and M&E Clerks of Works services to was a conversion to the landmark The Comet Hotel in Hatfield to create a 99 bed hotel and adjacent 361 bed student accommodation with a bold modern design compromising of 4 interlinked buildings.