The Cycle Works: A new generation of student accommodation

Revolutionising student housing with Coventry University's new vibrant campus hub.

Purpose-built student accommodation comprising 347 bedrooms, including 107 studios and social and communal spaces

Project structure: Sir Robert McAlpine Capital Ventures found and purchased the site and provided development management services. The development was purchased by Coventry University.

Our role: Developer 


A complete student experience - a catalyst for regeneration.

Coventry University is ambitious, and we recognised the increasing demand for quality, characterful student accommodation needed to underpin its growth in response, we identified and purchased a semi-derelict site 5 minutes from the main campus.

We collaborated with the university to understand their plans and changing student needs. Our tear secured planning and completed the land purchase and detailed design in six months.

Modern construction methods and a design for manufacture and assembly ethos were applied, helping us achieve practical completion 3 months ahead of the programme.

The University purchased the development in 2017 and is now successfully operating a complete student experience, The Cycle Works, named after the original factory on the site, has proved a catalyst for regeneration in a rundown part of the city.

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