Agnes Jones House, an iconic Liverpool building, has reopened to welcome new student residents for the 2020/21 academic year, following a 105-bedroom refurbishment delivered by ArchiPhonic.
A women’s hospital until 1995, the building was named after a Florence Nightingale contemporary, Agnes Jones. We were appointed in 2019 to manage the alteration and refurbishment of 105 student bedrooms owned by Gather Students, an international investor-backed company that provides student accommodation nationwide.
The phased project saw the refurbishment and interior design of 44 bedrooms across two blocks, to provide a more attractive and modern offer to incoming students.
The second phase comprised the alteration and refurbishment of 61 bedrooms across three further blocks and involved the alteration of the layout of Agnes Jones House itself, in order to provide higher specification ensuite student rooms.
We created a new offer for Gather Student’s portfolio, which features in two blocks – a ‘twodio’ or two-person studio. These were made available alongside premium studio rooms and further alterations were also made to existing cluster bedrooms to include private bathrooms in each.
In the final phase of the project, the ArchiPhonic team also refurbished and refreshed existing 7-bed cluster apartments located on each floor, which had become somewhat dated. The designs we implemented were created with future proofing in mind, to align with a longer-term vision for Gather Student’s portfolio, primarily to enhance its non-term time letting potential.
Speaking about the project, Adam Mokhtar, co-director at ArchiPhonic, said: “Through research of the existing market, we persuaded the client of the added value in altering their current offering.
“In place of shared bathrooms and standard bedrooms, the new layouts provide spacious rooms with ensuite bathrooms. This has dramatically increased the rental appeal to incoming students and potential tenants and made the client’s offer even more competitive.
“With 50,000 students from all over the world living in Liverpool we are finding more and more developers from the UK and abroad investing in developing high-quality, sustainable student accommodation in the city, which also presents opportunities for commercial use outside of term-time.”
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