Scheme will overhual 1970s office block in city

Northern Irish contractor McAleer & Rushe is set to start soon on a £42m student accommodation project in Norwich.

The scheme, which is being developed by Global Student Accommodation, will see a 1970s office building called St Crispin’s House turned into a 684-bed student residence.

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Nearly 700 students will billeted at this former office block

Designed by Sheffield practice Hadfield Cawkwell Davidson, the development will retain the existing structure of the current block but will be refurbished and extended with additional floors creating a seven-storey building.

A five-storey extension to the rear of the building is also included within the development.

The scheme will feature 9,500 sq ft of communal space, with facilities including common rooms, gym, multi-purpose event room, study spaces and laundry.

It is expected to open in summer next year and will be run by specialist operator Yugo.