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CityBlock Overcomes Contractor Crisis To Open Latest Lancaster Development

CityBlock has opened its latest student accommodation development in Lancaster, despite main contractor, Titan, going into administration during the build phase.

Mid-way through construction, Titan went into administration, leaving the development part finished and 70 students at risk of moving to Lancaster with nowhere to stay. However, the development was completed in time for the influx of students this September.

CityBlock Penny Street, which has 70 en-suite rooms, is a welcome addition to the Lancaster skyline as the number of students attending Lancaster University increases year on year.

It has also recently been given the seal of approval from ANUK, a national accreditation recognised by the National Union of Students, benchmarking building safety, standards and management, as well as being accredited by Lancaster University Homes.

The development is CityBlock’s fourth development in the city, with the company also currently owning and managing other buildings in Reading and Durham. The property, which had previously been a carpet shop, car showroom, petrol station and snooker hall required significant redevelopment, so was demolished to make way for the new landmark.

CityBlock’s Operations Director, Alison Bargh, said: “We have a longstanding history in Lancaster, where we established CityBlock 15 years ago. We have an in-depth understanding of the landscape of Lancaster and know that this new development will benefit the city massively.

“CityBlock has a proven track record of providing top quality purpose built student accommodation, both in Lancaster and across the UK, and our Penny Street development is no different. We frequently ask students what they want and need from their student accommodation and Penny Street reflects this, with the development receiving the sought after ANUK accreditation this week.”

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