Student Housing Expert joins JMA

Student Housing Expert joins JMA

Ben Green successfully making himself at home at JMA.

Ben has been working for us in the Liverpool office for 3 months and has quickly become part of the core team, picking up a wide variety of projects and using his design experience and organisational abilities to move those projects forward.

Previously, Ben has been involved in the design and construction of student accommodation projects around the Liverpool City Centre and as such adds an additional skill to the JMA special needs housing portfolio.

Over the last 2 years he has been involved in the design and delivery of 3 student accommodation schemes:

Myrtle Parade – This 260 bed scheme is arranged around podium level communal courtyards over ground level flexible retail, on a key City Centre site, which creates a new neighbourhood centre by the development of an anchor building enclosing the urban space facing Myrtle Parade.

Grove Street Studios – 11 bed extension to existing student accommodation: this scheme was developed making use of a tight City Centre site to create a secure and active shared garden that is experienced in the daily use of the new building which will generate increased returns from the client’s existing asset.

Octagon Building and Hayward House – The reuse of the existing Listed building and erection of a new purpose built block provided 19 studios and 74 beds adjacent to the Liverpool University campus.

Ben notes that, “The provision of high quality student accommodation provides challenges common to the Extra Care and Private Rented Market Sectors, as it is focused on the usability and quality of the common spaces whilst retaining a respect for individual privacy. The key difference afforded by dedicated student housing is the temporary nature of its tenure, which permits a higher density of accommodation than could be expected of a traditional housing project.”

The successful and flexible model used in these 3 schemes provides a balance of shared (undergraduate) apartments and individual (post-graduate) studios combined with high quality communal facilities to maximise development density and provide attractive and desirable term time homes.