Landmark Plymouth building is now home to students after £2million facelift
A LANDMARK building has been given a £2million facelift for a new generation of students.
Central Point, on the corner of Armada Way and Royal Parade in Plymouth city centre, now provides a home for 244 students.
The old Pearl Assurance House, owned by the student accommodation provider UNITE, has been given an extensive facelift inside and out, but the original 1950s features remain. It still has a distinctive Art Deco facade, marble staircase and walk-in bank vault in the basement.
All 224 bedrooms have been refurbished, with in-room Wi-Fi for all students. Ten new rooms have been created from existing unused space in the building, and there is a new reception and common room.
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The building, with views across to the Hoe and the Sound, is a five-minute walk from the university campus.
The refurbishment project took only eight weeks from start to finish. In an effort to reduce landfill, UNITE gave old but still serviceable furniture to Regenerate Community Enterprise.
This local not-for-profit organisation employs and provides NVQ training for people who would otherwise struggle to find work; reduces local landfill; and sells cheap working domestic appliances and furniture to those in need.
Stephen McDonald, operations manager for Plymouth, UNITE, said: "This was a challenging refurbishment project as the building is not only old, but has an unusual layout.
"We knew from the beginning that we wanted to retain the original features, so that meant working around them. It's important to us to preserve the history of the building."
UNITE's chief executive, Mark Allan, has a historical link to the building – his father used to work there.
Central Point is already sold out for the 2012/13 academic year. The property has 24-hour security and all utilities and insurance are included in the rental costs. All rooms are en-suite and are a combination of studio flats and shared flats.
UNITE has five properties, with a total of 1,110 rooms, in Plymouth.