Clegg Construction starts work on £35m student accommodation scheme in Leeds

02 November 2023

Clegg Construction has broken ground on a new £35m student accommodation scheme in Leeds, consisting of 402 purpose built studios – just next door to where the company is currently delivering a 185-apartment build-to-rent development.

About The Fabric Works 

The Fabric Works is being delivered in partnership with PPG Leeds Ltd, a joint venture between Primus Property Group and HIG Capital, and has involved the demolition of two buildings and a basement car park on Leylands Road to make way for an 11-storey purpose-built student accommodation building.

Students living in The Fabric Works will benefit from an industry leading amenity offering - integrating the latest technology, and aiming to provide students with a safe and inclusive community environment in which to live, study, and play.

The building’s exterior will benefit from an elegant architectural composition that was well received through planning, and responds to the local and wider context - taking cues from the historical buildings and street patterns of the surrounding area - paying homage to Mabgate’s rich industrial history. A BREAAM ‘Very Good' rating is targeted. with active hot water demand met by the PIPES District Heating Network in Leeds.

Quote from Ross Crowcroft, pre-construction director - Clegg Construction 

Ross Crowcroft, pre-construction director at Clegg Construction, commented: “We are really pleased to have started work on another new build project in Leeds. Upon completion, The Fabric Works will deliver an architecturally impressive building that will be a key contribution to the wider regeneration of the Mabgate area, as well as providing additional much-needed local student accommodation.”

The project team

The two-year project is due to be delivered in summer 2025 - in time for the 2025/2026 academic year. The wider project team includes Tim Groom Architects, Ridge and Partners, King Associates, Quartz Project Services, and Innov8 Development Solutions.

Extensive experience delivering high-quality student accommodation projects

Clegg has extensive experience delivering high-quality new-build student accommodation developments, with notable examples including a 344-bedroom scheme on the site of the old, listed Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital site in Coventry, the 398-bedroom Upper Dean Street project in Birmingham, plus the nine-storey Agard Court building in Derby.

The company has also recently completed major renovation works at Florence Boot Hall, a 200-bed student accommodation building on the University of Nottingham’s University Park campus.