Situated on the centrally located Byron Street, Liberty Central Newcastle boasts modern student accommodation in close proximity to both Newcastle and Northumbria University.
The development consisted of a series of linked buildings comprising 445 ensuite student bedrooms, spread over 120 self-contained flats. The accommodation is of high standard and formed the benchmark for all current Victoria Hall schemes.
The timber-framed structures were constructed off a podium structure, which spanned over a light rail system (Tyne and Wear Metro). The scope of works included the removal of the existing tracks in a railway cutting, the construction of a rail tunnel and podium and the reinstatement of the railway and infrastructure.
The track came back into use and construction of the accommodation commenced from podium level with a footprint that extended onto the land either side of the railway cutting. Careful management and co-ordination of site activities with both the client and the rail operator were critical and it is to the credit of all concerned that the construction operations were completed safely.
The units were fully serviced including electronic door entry system, laundrette, reception area, Sky TV and a full CCTV security system. The turn-key solution included the fit out of furniture, fixtures and fittings ensuring students were able to move in and use all facilities upon handover.
Newcastle upon Tyne