Hartpury University and Hartpury College, advised by Irwin Mitchell’s Real Estate Division, has unveiled they signed a deal for €19.7m (£17.5m) to expand its student accommodation. This accommodation expansion is part of a programme of forward-looking initiatives at Hartpury, including new classrooms; a new enlarged University Learning Hub which will incorporate quiet study areas, library, small meeting rooms and social study space and a dedicated café; and a new 350-space car park to accommodate the growth in student numbers. In line with driving Hartpury’s move towards sustainability, the latter will feature electric charging points, bicycle storage and improved flora diversification to increase biodiversity. The building is due to open in September 2022 and will be an important addition to the portfolio of student accommodation for Hartpury students, who now number more than 4,000. The scheme will be used to create high-quality accommodation for Hartpury students off-campus and provide an additional 190 beds in a modern living environment.
Michelle Beaumont, Partner at Irwin Mitchell said: “We are delighted to support the growth plans at Hartpury University and Hartpury College and to advise on this expansion for their student accommodation provision. Our understanding is that the number of new students has risen again amid near 100% approval for their Covid-19 measures and the planning permission for these new facilities, that will enhance the student experience. Despite the short-term uncertainties posed by Covid-19, demand for quality PBSA in the UK is growing, supported by the UK’s well?established status as a hub of higher education, and student numbers are predicted to rise.”