STUDENTS READY TO MOVE INTO FORMER NOTTINGHAM COUNCIL OFFICES

New look: Old offices have been turned into 200 student rooms at the Lawrence House building in Clarendon Street, transformed over the summer in a £3.5 million facelift and renamed Study Inn. Each room is en suite with its own mini-kitchen.

It is set to open to university students on September 15, in time for the start of term.

The work was carried out in five months by city-based Clegg Construction.

The building will be run by Study Inn, which also has student accommodation in Sheffield and Coventry.

Managing director Simon Blackburn said: "We're delighted how quickly work has progressed for this project.

"It was an incredibly tight schedule and we've worked around the clock in order to finish the conversion so that the students can move in during September."

Lawrence House was one of a number of buildings sold by the council to save money.

Despite the building dating back around 50 years, these will be among the most luxurious flats available for city students. Each room is en suite with its own mini-kitchen.

The project involved significant alterations to the building's internal structure. Solar thermal roofing has also been added to boost the building's green credentials

The firm said the building's location had proved difficult.

Mr Blackburn added: "Because the site is right in the middle of the city on a major one-way road, we've had to liaise closely with the highways authority and the Environment Agency. This has involved a lot of careful coordination between several organisations."

The building is one of a number of student accommodation plans, following the city council's preference to have purpose-built blocks, rather than letting out houses in residential areas.

Other schemes being planned include Byron House, the former students' union building in Shakespeare Street, which is being redeveloped by Nottingham Trent.

[Nottingham Post, Friday, 3 August, 2012]