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25 October, 2018 - 09:56 By Kate Sweeney

Developers making progress with student accommodation in Cambridge

New student accommodation under construction in Cambridge has been topped out.

The ceremony for the Mount Pleasant Halls scheme was attended by members of St Edmund’s College, Cambridge – who will occupy the building once completed – together with representatives from Howard Osborne LLP, the developer of the scheme. Also present was Legal & General (L&G), which is financing the development, and members of the wider project and construction team.  

The project is on track for completion in summer 2019. Once completed, Mount Pleasant Halls will provide 277 modern, purpose-built rooms for students and academic staff at St Edmund’s College. 

The ensuite bedrooms and studio flats are being constructed on the site of Mount Pleasant House, a former 1970s office block in the north of the city, demolished at the end of 2017.

Matthew Bullock, Master of St Edmund’s College, said: “This is a significant stage in the development of the college’s wider masterplan. 

“Following the substantial growth of St Edmund’s in recent years we have long believed that the nearby Mount Pleasant site is the ideal location for new student halls.

“The completed building will enable the college to offer onsite accommodation that will meet the needs of our graduates and academic staff for many years to come.”

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: From left to right: Nicholas Bewes, Matthew Bullock and Andrew Osborne

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