New flats slot together on site of old Plymouth NAAFI
THESE images show the plush living conditions students could expect to experience in a £20 million city centre development.
Construction giant The Leadbitter Group have been busy building three accommodation blocks at the 1.2 acre Notte Street site, formerly occupied by a NAAFI building.
Knightsbridge Student Housing Limited bought the land from Plymouth University for £3.5million and say the construction will be completed by August 2013.
When completed, the building will feature 517 study bedrooms, 59 flats and 73 studio rooms, contained in three blocks with communal space between them.
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Brian Welsh, operations manager for Knightsbridge Student Housing Limited, said: "As you will see from the photographs, we have steelwork being erected which changes on a daily basis.
"We are using pre-fabricated pods that will basically be en-suite bathrooms. These are now being delivered and installed into position on site."
He said installation of cladding to the development is due to start shortly and this would allow the "key process" of getting the residence watertight, which he described as a "major milestone".
He added that the company was already having enquiries from students and they were "in discussions" with the city's universities.
The student housing company has planning permission for ground floor shops and restaurants and is in talks with potential commercial operators. The space could be filled by a supermarket.
The block will also feature storage space for bicycles and even surfboards, will have internet connection and on-site, 24-hour security.