Leeds Central Village

To create a student village in the heart of Leeds providing 1,455 student beds

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The Project

HE Simm have worked collaboratively with Downing Construction on all three phases of Leeds Central Village. The Central Village scheme has seen 981 student beds successfully delivered over the first 2 phases. We are currently working on the third phase which will see the delivery of a further 474 student bedrooms. Once the Leeds Central Village is complete, HE Simm will have delivered MEP works to 1,455 student beds.

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Project Objectives

Our objectives during the development has been to design and deliver premium cluster and studio bedrooms to the clients high student specification. This entailed HE Simm liaising with the architects and interior designers at an early stage to produce a stand out student living village within the city centre.

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Project Challenges

During the third phase of the project, the structural frame solution was post-tension concrete slab which caused challenges, therefore very early involvement was required to predetermine all builders work penetrations before the MEP design had commenced. The very early engagement and coordination mitigated  any installations issues on site.

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The Results

2 phases of Leeds Central Village have been successfully completed and they are fully occupied with students. The third and final phase is due for completion August 2016.

Meet the Team

Jonjo McGee, Apprentice Plumber


Jonjo came to HE Simm in September 2015 as a first year apprentice with little previous experience, he has since progressed well on site with his practical skills and has become an integral part of the Leeds site team, this dedication to his work earned him Best in Class with his college and also Highly Recommended as Apprentice of the Year, he picked up both the awards in March 2016.

“We are George Downing Construction have been working with HE Simm for approximately 15 years and carried our numerous schemes together. We have found them to be very professional in every sense, from early design and budget advice, through to delivery & handover. Over the years our relationship has gone from strength to strength. We would have no hesitation in recommending HE Simm to any prospective Main Contractor or Developer.”


Ian Orton, Construction Director, Downing Construction