East Midland-based Stepnell celebrates hat trick of student accommodation projects for Zone Developments

East Midlands construction specialist Stepnell is celebrating securing its third student accommodation project for leading student residence developer Zone Developments.

The company has just begun work on a multi-million pound design-and-build scheme which will create 91 ultra-modern student apartments at De Montfort Mews in the centre of Leicester, within walking distance of the De Montfort University and University of Leicester campuses. The development is scheduled to be finished in September 2019.

The latest scheme follows Stepnell’s completion of high-end student accommodation developments for repeat client Zone at 8-10 West Walk and Princess Road East which together have created 195 student apartments for Leicester. All three projects have been designed by Hinckley-based MAS Architecture.

Stepnell’s latest scheme for Zone involves the redevelopment of a site previously occupied by empty office buildings between De Montfort Street and Nelson Street. In their place, Stepnell is building a modern 2,900 sq m four-storey building housing 91 studio apartments as well as communal facilities including a gym, cinema room, study pods and a reception area. The construction team will also create new parking, cycle storage and a communal garden area.

The contract was secured by Stepnell through a negotiated process following the success of its two previous student accommodation projects for Zone.

Zone director Neil Thakkar says: “This project is set to deliver exciting, contemporary student accommodation in an excellent location. Having collaborated so successfully with the company on our previous projects, we have absolute confidence in Stepnell and are delighted to be working with them once again.

“We know we can rely on the Stepnell team to deliver for us. They are dedicated to getting every detail exactly right and consistently impress with their willingness to go ‘the extra mile’ to achieve the highest quality standards.”

Stepnell regional director Tom Sewell says: “We are thrilled to be embarking on our third project with Zone and with MAS Architecture, continuing a partnership which has helped create some of Leicester’s most sought-after student accommodation.

“This latest scheme is a fantastic addition to Stepnell’s portfolio of education sector projects, consolidating our position as a market-leading student residential construction specialist. It also emphasises the company’s growing presence in the East Midlands region, thanks to our ability to work collaboratively with major clients and become the construction partner of choice. Having worked with Zone on 8-10 West Walk and Princess Road East, we have an excellent understanding of their needs and vision. Our expert team are delighted to be once again supporting them in the delivery of superb contemporary accommodation which fully supports the lifestyle and expectations of today’s students.”

Image: Artist’s impression of the new development at De Montfort Mews.

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