Mount Property Group has started on a student accommodation project on the former National Express bus station on Norton Street, a site it bought from Anwyl in June last year.

The developer confirmed its purchase of the site last year, and clearance work has been completed and groundworks are now well under way to prepare the site for construction.

The developer is planning to build two blocks of 16 and 10 storeys featuring 566 student beds, split between 472 cluster units and 94 studios. Designed by architect Falconer Chester Hall, the scheme also includes a games area and gym as well as a private courtyard between the two blocks.

Mount will carry out the build as main contractor, while Thomas Contracting is carrying out the groundworks. The £45million project is due to complete in time for the 2020/2021 academic year.

The purchase of Natex from Anwyl was Mount Property Group’s second major student scheme acquisition last year, having purchase a 124-bed project on Devon Street for an undisclosed price in May.