How the new-build tower will look linked to the legacy Brotherton House building. Credit: Study Inn

Study Inn tops out Leeds tower

A 15-storey building will add 222 rooms in the second phase of the student accommodation provider’s development at Westgate.

Phase one of the development comprised the reinvention of the former police headquarters at Brotherton House, with 163 student bedrooms delivered in September 2022.

Leeds property company J Pullan & Sons had bought the site from the police in 2012, and agreed terms on taking it forward with Study Inn in 2020.

The plans for the redevelopment of the Art Deco former home of Lord Brotherton came forward combined with the new-build element in 2021. Cunniff was the architect and Cerda the planner.

Study Inn majors on the “hotel standard” of its accommodation, and amenities already opened with the first phase include a wellness spa, yoga studio, gym, entertainment area, and bowling lanes.

The link block joining the two buildings will include a large reception area and study rooms with breakout spaces.

The new-build is 15 storeys. Credit: Study Inn

Simon Liversage, managing director of developments for the firm, said Study Inn is looking to “redefine student living in the UK”.

He added: “It is a testament to our dedication to providing a dynamic, conducive environment for academic growth and personal development and we eagerly anticipate the positive impact this facility will bring to the Leeds community.”

Study Inn was formed in 2009 by directors with hospitality backgrounds. The group’s facilities include a regular programme of social events and opportunities for interaction amongst residents.

The group is targeting 10,000 student rooms. Study Inn’s Portfolio 1, sold to Arlington Advisors for £135m in 2017, comprises 10 Study Inns (one in Sheffield) totalling 1,494 rooms.

Since 2017, the group has been building its second portfolio, which includes properties in Bristol, Loughborough, Nottingham, Exeter, Leicester, and Leeds, with other undisclosed locations in secured pipeline.

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