Unite Students to buy 800-bed development scheme in Glasgow

Unite Students to buy 800-bed development scheme in Glasgow

Unite Students has agreed to acquire a new 800-bed development scheme in central Glasgow, subject to planning.

Acording to the company, the new development will help address the acute shortage of student accommodation in Glasgow, which is home to three institutions within the UK’s top 75 universities, and increases Unite’s portfolio in the city to 3,000 beds.

The group expects to deliver the scheme as a university partnership with at least half of the beds to be let on a multi-year nominations agreement to a leading university.

The scheme has a total development cost of £95 million and is expected to deliver a yield on cost of around 7.5%. Planning approval is targeted during H1 2024, enabling delivery for the 2026/27 academic year. The group expects to fund the project from capital recycling through disposals.

”We have continued to make good progress on delivery of our committed development pipeline since our interim results. Morriss House in Nottingham reached practical completion in August and is fully let for the 2023/24 academic year,” the company said.

”Following our £300 million equity issue, work has started on-site at our Temple Quarter development in Bristol. The planning process for Meridian Square in Stratford is also progressing in line with expectations with approval targeted in Q4 2023.”

Michael Burt, Unite Students Group Investment Director, commented: “Our latest development will create new supply of high quality, affordable student accommodation in Glasgow to support the continued growth of our university partners. We are also making good progress in delivering the two new developments funded from the proceeds of our recent capital raise. Our development pipeline now totals 5,600 beds in the strongest university cities, as we work to address the urgent need for new student housing at a time when the private rental sector is in retreat.”

Click here to receive CRE Herald’s weekly newsletter, news alerts and insights!