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From office block to student luxury

Derby's latest student accommodation offering is part of an exciting regeneration scheme

Posted by Stephanie Broad | February 24, 2016 | Facilities management

A former Derby council office block is being transformed into a residential development that will become luxury student accommodation as part of an exciting new regeneration scheme. 

Roman House, situated on Friar Gate in the heart of Derby, has previously been home to the city council but will soon become home to a new generation of students studying at the University of Derby.

Fitting into a wider regeneration programme of the Cathedral Quarter, the change of use of the property has been granted following an alteration in the Permitted Development Rights (PDR) that allows former office buildings to be turned into residential dwellings.
Roman House will be managed by luxury student accommodation provider Collegiate AC, which is their first site in Derby. 

The scheme, exclusively available for 128 residents, will include an on-site cinema, private gym, social hub and seminar rooms, alongside high-speed broadband and Wi-Fi to ease every aspect of student life.
The newly-developed Roman House will also place student security as a key priority, with features that include electronic door entry, an out-of-hours service, an on-site manager and CCTV to provide peace of mind around the clock. 

Inside a Roman House apartment

Heriberto Cuanalo, CEO of Collegiate AC, says: “We are proud to be able to now offer students at the University of Derby the option of a luxurious student living experience, and see Roman House transformed into a desirable and sought-after city centre residential scheme. We are very much looking forward to welcoming the first residents to Roman House and hope they will love their new surroundings as much as we do.'


Currently under refurbishment, with new windows being installed and interiors redesigned to create space and luxury, Roman House is set to welcome its first student residents in September.    

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