Unite Students’ Morriss House completes in Nottingham student living boost

Published 21st November 2023

Unite Students’ latest student living property in Nottingham is now complete, with Morriss House welcoming its first residents in September.

Named after Richard Morriss Woodhead, co-founder of the Raleigh Cycle Company, the 705-bedroom facility is located on Derby Road, right at the centre of the student community in Lenton. With access to the University of Nottingham’s Jubilee Campus available via a biodiverse green amphitheatre connecting to the river Leen, this development offers an ideal location for students and is just 15 minutes by bus to the buzzing centre of Nottingham.

The building offers a range of ensuite accommodation across six storeys, along with shared kitchen and studio room options. Morriss House is also home to Unite Students’ largest communal space offering, incorporating karaoke suite, games room and pool tables, as well as study rooms designed to encourage students to both socialise and study.

Delivered by main contractor, RG Group, our building services specialists worked with both HCD Architects and Manolo & White Architects to provide the MEP design for this exciting scheme. Our solution concentrates on maximising the performance of the building fabric and air permeability to reduce heat loss and drive down overall carbon emissions. Powered by 100% renewable electricity, our design centres around minimising in-use energy consumption, incorporating both PV panels and air source heat pumps to reduce reliance on the grid.

In a recent statement, Tom Brewerton, Group Development Director at Unite Students, said: “We’re delighted to have completed our latest addition to the portfolio, Morriss House in Nottingham. Morriss House is an impressive property delivered on time and budget for the 2023/24 academic year. This importantly allows us to take another meaningful step forward to being Net Zero carbon by 2030 through the introduction of solar panels, air source heat pumps, a biodiverse wildflower meadow and an amphitheatre to promote wider social interaction for our students and staff.”

Jonathan Purcell, Waterman’s Managing Director of Building Services – North, commented: “I’m delighted to see this exciting scheme complete and to see students moving into this incredible site which will offer them a great lifestyle. We’re delighted to team up with Unite Students once again and are proud to be supporting their drive towards creating a truly sustainable student residential offering.”