Liberty Living is one of the largest student accommodation providers in the United Kingdom, with a highly reputable presence and longevity within the Student residential sector.
Established in 2000, it was acquired by Canada Pension Plan Investment Board in March 2015 as a catalyst for further expansion in this asset class. Liberty Living has invested substantially in its student accommodation portfolio in the last 12 months and manages a portfolio of nearly 25,000 beds in 51 UK residences in 21 cities. Since 2010, Lewis and Hickey have been working with Liberty Living as their key architects assisting in the design and development for Liberty Living’s expanding portfolio.
Having been inherent to the development of an architectural and interiors solution for the refurbishment of their student accommodation in particular, Lewis & Hickey have now completed to date, approximately 5,200 bed refurbishments, with around another 2,000 to be completed in autumn 2018 across various sites in the UK for Liberty Living. More recent schemes in London have allowed Lewis & Hickey to fully consider the redevelopment of Liberty Living’s overall brand image. This has allowed our Interior Design department an opportunity to create an updated high end approach to their current accommodation which shall place Liberty Living at the forefront of the market. This has only been fully achieved by working closely with specialist contractors and Liberty Living themselves.
In recent years, Lewis & Hickey have been involved collaboratively with a branding consultant at Liberty Point Southampton to deliver a vast social ground floor space for students to enjoy. This included a gym space, cinema and breakout area to name a few. More recently, we have been involved in the redevelopment of various reception spaces for Liberty Living, the latest site being in Cardiff. Cardiff has also allowed us the opportunity to re fresh one of their exterior façades.Typical refurbishment projects have included Liberty Point in Manchester with around 700 beds which was Liberty’s latest scheme with Lewis & Hickey; Liberty Park in Cardiff with around 330 beds and Liberty Quays in Southampton with around 560 beds to name a few. To read more about Liberty Point, Southampton click here
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