Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Group, successfully unveiled its latest student accommodation development, Glassworks, at 36 Vauxhall Road, Liverpool on 30 September 2015. The opening ceremony was conducted by Liverpool MP Louise Ellman; Cllr Malcom Kennedy; James Metcalf, Co-founder and Director of Crosslane, and Andy Whatson, Director of Crosslane Student Developments. The total development value is approximately £18.5 million.

Glassworks is a high specification development featuring 323 purpose-built rooms in a mixture of en-suite flats and self-contained studio apartments. The property offers the fastest student broadband in the city. All studio apartments come with their own private kitchen and en-suite bathroom, as well as ¾ sized bed, study desk, chair and flat screen TV. Whilst the en-suite flats have their own shower rooms these are perfect for students wanting to make new friends, having a large shared living room and kitchen with leather sofas to socialise. Directly opposite the Avril Roberts Library, and within walking distance of John Moores University, Liverpool University and the city centre, the contemporary high quality development offers the ideal home for a modern student lifestyle.

With four popular higher education institutions, Liverpool has a student population estimated to be over 50,000. With such a strong history of popular culture, Liverpool is an attractive and vibrant city for students and a significant and established tourist destination.

The development will be operated by Crosslane’s operational platform, Prime Student Living, which provides management, marketing and letting services for student accommodation assets throughout the UK, and has recently signed a Nominations Agreement with Liverpool John Moores University for 180 beds for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Crosslane Student Developments bought the site, a former glassworks factory, in March 2014 and immediately engaged Pochins Construction Limited as the main contractor for Glassworks who successfully developed the property according to Crosslane’s specifications.

Commenting on the opening, Andy Whatson, Director of Crosslane Student Developments, said:

“According to Liverpool council’s recently published student accommodation review up to 34,000 students need accommodation in Liverpool every year. We are pleased that we are able to help meet that demand with our newly opened site at Vauxhall Road and are keen to explore other opportunities in this vibrant city.”

Louise Ellman MP who officially opened the event said:

“I am delighted to have officially opened Glassworks, the first property to be completed in Liverpool by Crosslane Student Developments. Liverpool is a booming student city and an attractive place to work and invest. With 50,000 students spread across four higher education institutions we have huge demand for quality student accommodation which is why we’re delighted that Crosslane has developed Glassworks for students in our city.”