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Student refurb - tenders invited

Contractors are now invited to tender for refurbishment contract after FreshStart granted planning permission to transform Bradford office building into student accommodation

Property regeneration specialist FreshStart Living has been granted planning permission to transform a former office block in the heart of Bradford into student accommodation.

The Salford-based company can now begin redeveloping Colonnade House, the former Provident Financial headquarters, into student pods and is inviting contractors to contact them in relation to carrying out the refurbishment work.

The nine-storey building will be transformed into 223 en-suite student pods. Each storey will have 24 student pods with 13 rooms on the ground floor. A two-storey annexe building will house another 18 pods.

FreshStart Living plan to have the work completed and fully tenanted with students in time for the 2012/13 academic year in September.

The company has a track record of completing student accommodation redevelopments in a short turnaround after transforming another of its student developments in Manchester in just three months.

Work began on Montgomery House, Manchester in July 2011 and the development was completed and fully tenanted with students by the start of the academic in September. The company is confident it can replicate that fast turnaround with Colonnade House Halls and are inviting contractors to tender.

FreshStart Living specialises in transforming empty/underperforming buildings into affordable homes and student accommodation. The company acquires sites at below market value which allows savings to be passed onto final purchasers as well as the tenants who live there.