Lawrence Street, York

A lesson in preservation and regeneration for York student living

Lawrence Street, York: Case Study Summary

Client Location Sector Main Contractor
University of York York Student Accommodation Robertson Construction

Work has been completed on a £6m student accommodation development on Lawrence Street in York. Sigmat was appointed by Robertson Construction on behalf of Harrison Developments to deliver the light gauge steel frame for the new four-storey student accommodation building. It provides 115 bedrooms in a mix of one, two, three and five bed en-suite apartments and clusters, freeing up traditional housing for local families.

Work was also carried out by Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands on two listed buildings, the former St Lawrence Working Men’s Club and the adjacent Tam O’Shanter public house. The listed building had previously been empty for a period of years and had fallen into disrepair. This included helping to return the frontage on Lawrence Street to its former glory.

Paul Turner, managing director of Robertson Yorkshire & East Midlands, said: “We are delighted to deliver a greatly-needed high-specification development that will benefit the students of the University of York.

“In recent years, the campus has grown significantly, and this new facility will ensure that the University has vital accommodation for new and existing students.”

The new facilities include a cinema, reception, laundry, cycle store and offices, as well as a gym, a games room and a common room. Additional study bedrooms are provided at the upper floor level.


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“This is a great example where using contemporary modern methods of construction such as light gauge steel framing can benefit a regeneration and restoration project by helping it to have a viable, long term and sustainable future because of the addition of new buildings. It can seamlessly blend in with architectural styles and create a new landscape that instantly feels part of any traditional environment.”

Marcus Wood, Chief Operations Officer at Sigmat
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