The construction of 431 student bedrooms on the bank of the River Lune in Lancaster is on track to complete in August 2020, a project which has been planned since 2002.
Eric Wright Construction is building the scheme on behalf of U+I, with the steel frame currently being erected on the three-acre brownfield site. The £25m project will be occupied by Lancaster University students. Just H was the architect, with Roc Consulting the structural engineer.
St George’s Quay is made up of four student accommodation blocks, delivering bedrooms in clusters and studio apartments. The site is the former home of St George’s Works Mill, demolished last year to make way for the scheme, and the Pump House, which is being converted into retail and communal space.
The project was previously being brought forward by Luneside East, a joint venture between Northpoint Developments, formerly CTP, and U+I.
Planning permission was first granted in 2002 for an “urban village” of 350 homes and offices, and the application renewed by Luneside East in 2010, with an additional request for the demolition of part of St George’s Mill approved in 2011. The mill was then damaged in a fire in 2012.
The joint venture completed remediation works and the partial demolition of buildings in 2013, funded by £4m from the Growing Places Fund. The scheme in its current form was approved in 2016.
Rachael Oldroyd, architect at Just H, said: “All of our designs for St George’s Quay have been developed to promote a sense of place and reinforce local identity. The strategy for this scheme has been developed over several years so it is great to see work starting on site. We are looking forward to seeing our concepts become a reality, delivering the city of Lancaster with another fantastic student facility.”