Vita Student acquires Portswood site for 435-bed student development
Wednesday, 26 October 2016
Student, “the UK’s only experience-led accommodation provider,” has
acquired the site at the former bus station next to Sainsbury’s in
Portswood for its second student development in Southampton.
In addition to its 435 beds, the Portswood Road residence will include an impressive communal area, a large social hub, movie room, gym, private dining and dedicated study areas, the company says on its website.
Residents’ associations criticised the new development: speaking to the Daily Echo, David Wardell from Portswood Central Residents’ Association said the area would become even more like a “student ghetto”, while Jerry Gillen from Highfield Residents’ Association told the paper that Portswood already comprised about 40 per cent students.
He said if new planning permission was needed his group would oppose it.
Lee McLean, managing director of Vita, which operates 10 residences across the UK, said: “We’re committed to helping our residents feel right at home here and that job is made so much easier by the warm and welcoming people of Southampton.
“We’re incredibly proud of our relationship with the local community and strongly believe the development will be a major social and economic benefit to the area.”
Previously developers have claimed that more bespoke student housing will help return family homes to the open market.
Vita’s other development in Southampton is at 3, Terminus Terrace. Vita Student says on its site it's part of Select Property Group, "a global developer, retailer and operator of market-leading property investment brands".
Work is due to start in Portswood in January 2017.
Previously: More student housing could help return family homes to open market – Developer