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Construction firm lands £9m deal for student tower

PUBLISHED: 21:36 17 September 2008 | UPDATED: 13:37 05 October 2010

Artist’s impression of John Bell House planned for Shadwell

Artist's impression of John Bell House planned for Shadwell

CONTRACTORS have this week signed a deal worth nearly £9 million to build a new nine-storey student residence tower block in the East End. The tower building, John Bell House, will have 132 bedrooms arranged in studio flats through to five-bedroom apartments, in the heart of Shadwell's King David Lane

CONTRACTORS have this week signed a deal worth nearly £9 million to build a new nine-storey student residence tower block in the East End.

The tower building, John Bell House, will have 132 bedrooms arranged in studio flats through to five-bedroom apartments, in the heart of Shadwell's King David Lane.

The contract has been awarded to Morgan Ashurst construction company by the Unite Group, the country's largest manager of student accommodation.

It will also feature two grass roof areas on the sixth and eight floors for outdoor recreation with views of the city skyline and is due to be completed next August.

Most of the accommodation is expected to be rented out to the nearby London Metropolitan University campus at Whitechapel, but will also be available to students from elsewhere.

Much of the structure is to be assembled off-site at the company's plant in Gloucestershire, then transported down to East London. The advantage is that the building can go up and be ready far quicker than traditional on-site construction.

John Bell House, is the ninth student accommodation project that the contractors have undertaken for the Unite Group. Others include an £8m scheme at Redmans Road in Stepney Green and a £7.5m project at nearby Solebay Street.

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