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ISG wins Cardiff student rooms scheme

10 Dec 14 ISG has secured is a multi-million pound, 314-bed student accommodation scheme in Cardiff for specialist property developer Fusion Students.

Converting a 1970s Cardiff office block into student rooms
Converting a 1970s Cardiff office block into student rooms

The contract comes on the back of £13m student accommodation contract wins for ISG just in the past month, with schemes in Edinburgh and Plymouth.  

The Cardiff project is in the city centre and a short walk to the major faculty buildings of the university.

The new seven-storey structure will replace Windsor House, a large 1970s concrete frame office block. The high-specification managed student accommodation will include both self-contained studios and ‘twodios’ – where two students share kitchen facilities. At ground floor level, residents share communal amenities including a cinema, private student lounge, games room and gym.

To manage the city centre logistics, ISG will use a series of off-site manufactured components to provide efficiencies in the build programme. Constructed using a first floor concrete transfer slab with a load bearing metal panel system forming the upper floors, the building will have pre-formed bathroom pods, which will be delivered to site on a just-in-time (JIT) basis and craned into position.

Architectural finishes to its façade include brickwork, reconstituted stone, cladding panels and curtain walling. The scheme is scheduled for completion in summer 2016.

ISG western regional director Jon James said that demand for new student accommodation buildings was continuing to rise. He added: “ISG’s impressive track record in this sector includes our successful delivery of the world’s tallest student accommodation building – a 33-storey, £120m development in Spitalfields, London, and these latest wins add to our growing portfolio of the UK’s leading student property development companies.”

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