Student halls to get a modern facelift
The University has approved plans to redevelop Charles Morris Hall at a cost of £27.6m, modernising the facilities for students living on campus. Work is planned to start this summer.
Charles Morris Hall currently houses 350 students in single rooms, with each bathroom shared between four or five students. The extensive upgrade will see the 118-room Mary Ogilvie House demolished and rebuilt to provide around 560 new en-suite rooms with broadband internet connections. The remaining rooms in Charles Morris will be improved with new windows, furniture and décor.
Commercial development manager David Meli said: “We needed to bring the facilities right up to date. Not only will this enhance students’ experience of life at Leeds, it is also extremely welcome from a commercial perspective. The summer conference season plays a major part in generating income, so we’ll be able to offer these exceptional campus-based facilities to delegates at conferences and other summer events.”
The redevelopment is part of a major drive to upgrade student accommodation at the University. A £25m refurbishment of St Mark’s flats is also in the pipeline, to provide high-quality accommodation for postgraduate students. The £5.2m upgrade of the Henry Price flats was completed in January.