New £9 million student block will 'contribute to Bradford's regeneration'

New student accommodation, Appleton Point, off Hamm Strasse.

New student accommodation, Appleton Point, off Hamm Strasse.

First published in News

A £9 million development of student flats in Bradford city centre will open in September, with hopes that it will help the city's regeneration.

Appleton Point, on Hamm Strasse has been under construction for over a year, and last week the scaffolding was removed and work is now underway on ensuring the building's 160 rooms are ready for the start of the new university year.

The development, near Forster Square train station, is already proving popular with landlords and new students, according to the management company running the building.

Appleton Point is named after Bradford-born physicist Edward Appleton, who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1947 for his contributions to the knowledge of the ionosphere. His research eventually led to the development of radar.

The development, on an empty plot of land, has been constructed by Mederco, a company that specialises in student flats, and the flats will be managed by Digs. It will be mainly for students at Bradford University and mature students at Bradford College.

It is hoped that an influx of 160 people into that part of the city, which includes several vacant shop units, could kickstart other developments and boost existing local businesses.

Gemma Hughes, a property administrator for Digs, said there was interest from both British and international students.

She added: "We are getting in touch with a few local businesses to see if they can offer discounts to the students here. Hopefully the development will help bridge the gap between the different parts of the city and help regenerate this area. There will be 160 new people spending their money in the area."

She said the company was also in touch with local businesses to purchase items like bedding for the flats.

Before the flats were built, the company had carried out a study into the city, and found there was a high demand in Bradford for city centre student accommodation.

Tariq Aziz, Marketing manager for Digs, said: "We compared applications for universities and the people who travelled in and determined there was a definite demand there."

Coun Susan Hinchliffe, portfolio holder on Bradford Council for employment, skills and culture, said: "The student population is a really important element of the city centre. Between the College and the University there are about 30,000 students enrolled and both institutions have ambitious plans for the future. New accommodation like this is therefore welcome in the city centre. It helps drive footfall and contributes to the regeneration of the city."

The flats include bathrooms and a kitchen area, and the building will also feature a communal IT area, gym, laundry room and "mini cinema" room with a 90 inch TV.

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7:20am Mon 16 Jun 14

Albion. says...

Have other student blocks helped the city's regeneration?
Have other student blocks helped the city's regeneration? Albion.
  • Score: -10

8:12am Mon 16 Jun 14

tinytoonster says...

like that monstrosity empty building on leeds rd/aire valley junction?
another white elephant.
like that monstrosity empty building on leeds rd/aire valley junction? another white elephant. tinytoonster
  • Score: -11

9:54am Mon 16 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!!
I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!! bcfc1903
  • Score: -9

11:11am Mon 16 Jun 14

allinittogether says...

Amazing what you can get for £9,000,000 isn't it? Couldn't they get any architecture students to contribute some designs because that's seriously ugly. What a wasted opportunity.
Amazing what you can get for £9,000,000 isn't it? Couldn't they get any architecture students to contribute some designs because that's seriously ugly. What a wasted opportunity. allinittogether
  • Score: 6

11:53am Mon 16 Jun 14

Moe Bfd says...

It is hard for students with fees and other costs and would not pay for city living when they can get cheaper accomodation on the university campus!
Too much empty accomodation in Bradford this money could have been used to develop the night life and other areas in Bradford.
The city needs to offer more for the students....
It is hard for students with fees and other costs and would not pay for city living when they can get cheaper accomodation on the university campus! Too much empty accomodation in Bradford this money could have been used to develop the night life and other areas in Bradford. The city needs to offer more for the students.... Moe Bfd
  • Score: 11

12:07pm Mon 16 Jun 14

pcmanners says...

It’s good to see student halls being run by a private profit making company. Cllr Hinchcliffe is right to welcome them, she should forget about being a socialist and wake up and see the way the real world works.

These flats are bound to be a success. It’s a pity that the Council wouldn’t let them build higher so they would have made even more money.
It’s good to see student halls being run by a private profit making company. Cllr Hinchcliffe is right to welcome them, she should forget about being a socialist and wake up and see the way the real world works. These flats are bound to be a success. It’s a pity that the Council wouldn’t let them build higher so they would have made even more money. pcmanners
  • Score: 19

12:26pm Mon 16 Jun 14

izzystillbreathing says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!!
This is mindless, dishonest, cheer-leading worthy of North Korea. How much longer before you start calling Councillor Green “dear leader”?
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!![/p][/quote]This is mindless, dishonest, cheer-leading worthy of North Korea. How much longer before you start calling Councillor Green “dear leader”? izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 20

12:32pm Mon 16 Jun 14

FinlandStation says...

pcmanners wrote:
It’s good to see student halls being run by a private profit making company. Cllr Hinchcliffe is right to welcome them, she should forget about being a socialist and wake up and see the way the real world works.

These flats are bound to be a success. It’s a pity that the Council wouldn’t let them build higher so they would have made even more money.
Councillor Hinchcliffe was never a socialist. She’s too cosy with developers. As with many of her hypocritical kind, Labour was just the safest way of getting elected.
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: It’s good to see student halls being run by a private profit making company. Cllr Hinchcliffe is right to welcome them, she should forget about being a socialist and wake up and see the way the real world works. These flats are bound to be a success. It’s a pity that the Council wouldn’t let them build higher so they would have made even more money.[/p][/quote]Councillor Hinchcliffe was never a socialist. She’s too cosy with developers. As with many of her hypocritical kind, Labour was just the safest way of getting elected. FinlandStation
  • Score: 15

12:52pm Mon 16 Jun 14

A650 says...

Should be good for the shops in that area. Hopefully the Uni will continue to attract more students from the rest of the UK as that will improve the bar/nightlife scene for those of us who miss having a good nightlife in Bradford. The demographic for the type of student changed massively after the riots and meant the Uni had to rely on locals and foreign students.

I expect the Sparrow pub is pleased about this development. Hopefully it'll lead to more "Sparrows".
Should be good for the shops in that area. Hopefully the Uni will continue to attract more students from the rest of the UK as that will improve the bar/nightlife scene for those of us who miss having a good nightlife in Bradford. The demographic for the type of student changed massively after the riots and meant the Uni had to rely on locals and foreign students. I expect the Sparrow pub is pleased about this development. Hopefully it'll lead to more "Sparrows". A650
  • Score: 11

3:37pm Mon 16 Jun 14

FinlandStation says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!!
Give it a rest. You and Cllr Hinchcliffe have just been skewered as hype merchants over in the story about tourist numbers. Nobody will ever believe you again. Don't look to hold onto your job in the Council press office.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!![/p][/quote]Give it a rest. You and Cllr Hinchcliffe have just been skewered as hype merchants over in the story about tourist numbers. Nobody will ever believe you again. Don't look to hold onto your job in the Council press office. FinlandStation
  • Score: 3

6:24pm Mon 16 Jun 14

ravacity says...

pcmanners wrote:
It’s good to see student halls being run by a private profit making company. Cllr Hinchcliffe is right to welcome them, she should forget about being a socialist and wake up and see the way the real world works.

These flats are bound to be a success. It’s a pity that the Council wouldn’t let them build higher so they would have made even more money.
they did get planning permission to build higher the developers themselves reduced the size of it
[quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: It’s good to see student halls being run by a private profit making company. Cllr Hinchcliffe is right to welcome them, she should forget about being a socialist and wake up and see the way the real world works. These flats are bound to be a success. It’s a pity that the Council wouldn’t let them build higher so they would have made even more money.[/p][/quote]they did get planning permission to build higher the developers themselves reduced the size of it ravacity
  • Score: 3

6:52pm Mon 16 Jun 14

baildongreen says...

ravacity wrote:
pcmanners wrote:
It’s good to see student halls being run by a private profit making company. Cllr Hinchcliffe is right to welcome them, she should forget about being a socialist and wake up and see the way the real world works.

These flats are bound to be a success. It’s a pity that the Council wouldn’t let them build higher so they would have made even more money.
they did get planning permission to build higher the developers themselves reduced the size of it
Another company losing confidence in Bradford and not delivering what they promised. Should get on well with City Hall.
[quote][p][bold]ravacity[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pcmanners[/bold] wrote: It’s good to see student halls being run by a private profit making company. Cllr Hinchcliffe is right to welcome them, she should forget about being a socialist and wake up and see the way the real world works. These flats are bound to be a success. It’s a pity that the Council wouldn’t let them build higher so they would have made even more money.[/p][/quote]they did get planning permission to build higher the developers themselves reduced the size of it[/p][/quote]Another company losing confidence in Bradford and not delivering what they promised. Should get on well with City Hall. baildongreen
  • Score: 5

7:33pm Mon 16 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!!
This is mindless, dishonest, cheer-leading worthy of North Korea. How much longer before you start calling Councillor Green “dear leader”?
Obviously you've been well schooled in the art of talking complete ****.
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!![/p][/quote]This is mindless, dishonest, cheer-leading worthy of North Korea. How much longer before you start calling Councillor Green “dear leader”?[/p][/quote]Obviously you've been well schooled in the art of talking complete ****. bcfc1903
  • Score: -10

7:35pm Mon 16 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

FinlandStation wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!!
Give it a rest. You and Cllr Hinchcliffe have just been skewered as hype merchants over in the story about tourist numbers. Nobody will ever believe you again. Don't look to hold onto your job in the Council press office.
No I wont give it a rest, why don't you give it a rest instead. Absolute paranoid drivel. You do know it's a free country I take it, not North Korea.
[quote][p][bold]FinlandStation[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!![/p][/quote]Give it a rest. You and Cllr Hinchcliffe have just been skewered as hype merchants over in the story about tourist numbers. Nobody will ever believe you again. Don't look to hold onto your job in the Council press office.[/p][/quote]No I wont give it a rest, why don't you give it a rest instead. Absolute paranoid drivel. You do know it's a free country I take it, not North Korea. bcfc1903
  • Score: -7

7:36pm Mon 16 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!!
I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!! bcfc1903
  • Score: -8

7:54pm Mon 16 Jun 14

izzystillbreathing says...

bcfc1903 wrote:
I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!!
An echo, again. You obviously belong to the Hitler school of propaganda; tell a big enough lie often enough and the fools will believe it.
[quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!![/p][/quote]An echo, again. You obviously belong to the Hitler school of propaganda; tell a big enough lie often enough and the fools will believe it. izzystillbreathing
  • Score: 7

8:04pm Mon 16 Jun 14

bcfc1903 says...

izzystillbreathing wrote:
bcfc1903 wrote:
I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!!
An echo, again. You obviously belong to the Hitler school of propaganda; tell a big enough lie often enough and the fools will believe it.
I can tell you are a master in these Hitler propaganda arts, no doubt with a large twist of paranoia thrown in to the mix.


I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!!
[quote][p][bold]izzystillbreathing[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]bcfc1903[/bold] wrote: I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!![/p][/quote]An echo, again. You obviously belong to the Hitler school of propaganda; tell a big enough lie often enough and the fools will believe it.[/p][/quote]I can tell you are a master in these Hitler propaganda arts, no doubt with a large twist of paranoia thrown in to the mix. I like it, it also has Yorkshire Stone incorporated into it's facade. Obviously students bring cash into the city and this building is a small part of the overall regeneration of Bradford. Great job!! bcfc1903
  • Score: -4

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