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Collegiate AC breathes new life into Derby's student accommodation

A former Derby council office block is being transformed into the city's most luxurious student accommodation.

Roman House, situated on Friar Gate in the heart of Derby, has previously been home to the city council but will soon become home to a new generation of students studying at the University of Derby.

Fitting into a wider regeneration programme of the Cathedral Quarter, the change of use of the property has been granted following an alteration in the Permitted Development Rights (PDR) that allows former office buildings to be turned into residential dwellings.

Roman House will be managed by the leading provider of luxury student accommodation in the UK, Collegiate AC, and is part of a much-anticipated expansion by the company that sees them launch 11 new projects this year.

Whilst Collegiate AC are prevalent in many of the top university cities throughout the UK, this will be the first Collegiate AC site in Derby. The scheme, exclusively available for 128 residents, will provide a new standard of student accommodation in the city, offering a wide range of luxurious facilities. These will include an on-site cinema, private gym, social hub and seminar rooms, alongside high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi to ease every aspect of student life.

The newly developed Roman House will also place student security as a key priority, with features that include electronic door entry, an out-of-hours service, an on-site manager and CCTV to provide peace of mind round the clock. All of these features are central to the Collegiate AC ethos of providing 'Student living. Just better'.

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO of Collegiate AC, explains how much they are looking forward to launching in Derby,

"We are proud to be able to now offer students at the University of Derby the option of a luxurious student living experience, and see Roman House transformed into a desirable and sought-after city centre residential scheme. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the first residents to Roman House and hope they will love their new surroundings as much as we do."

A range of accommodation will be available at the newly launched Roman House, with 74 studios and 54 'twodios' to suit individual preferences, with double beds, en-suite bathrooms and fully equipped kitchens offered as standard.

Currently under refurbishment, with new windows being installed to add a sleek finish to the red brick façade and interiors redesigned to create the feeling of space and luxury synonymous with the Collegiate AC brand, Roman House is breathing new life into the city centre and is set to welcome its first student residents in September.

  • Date published: 23rd February 2016



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