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Situated on Montgomery Street, Edinburgh, Gateway Theatre – which takes its name from a former theatre – is a premier new student residence just a short walk from Edinburgh University.

Gateway Theatre opens for residents in September 2013 and comprises a mix of studios, two and three-bedroom apartments, all offering modern fixtures in a comfortable environment.

Work began on the London Cornwall Property Partners implemented project in March 2012. The project is currently on schedule to reach completion in August 2013, ahead of the new semester, and bookings for a place at Gateway Theatre are being taken on a first-come, first-served basis.

Leading construction company Watkin Jones is the main contractor on the Gateway Theatre project, whilst Susan Stephen Architects Limited is providing all architectural services and Dickson Powell Partnership is the quantity surveyor.

Discussing the project, Dickson Powell Partnership Administrator, Cherry Lawrence, said:

“The Gateway Theatre project is a 170-bed student accommodation scheme, comprising a mix of studio, two and three-bedroom apartments.

“The apartments are completely self-contained; are modern and will be very secure, with a permanent management team on site. High-speed broadband and TV points will be available in each apartment, and a laundry room and cycle storage provisions will also be available on the site.”

Cherry added:

“There will also be a range of impressive facilities at Gateway Theatre, including a games room, gymnasium, meeting rooms, a common room and even an in-house cinema.”

Additional features of Gateway Theatre include en-suite shower rooms, a concierge/24-hour helpline, CCTV and an in-room cleaning service. Heating, light and water are all included for students staying at Gateway Theatre, as part of a reasonable use policy.

Gateway Theatre is being constructed in three blocks; one seven storey block and the other two being four storeys in height.

The accommodation blocks feature a mix of facing brickwork, natural stonework, structural glazing and timber boarding. Each block has timber framed windows and a mix of aluminium and timber doors, topped off with a single ply membrane roof.

A small amount of landscaping work will take place on the project, in order to connect the development with its surroundings. A linked mains supply is also being installed.

Prior to being turned into student accommodation, the site housed The Gateway Theatre; however the building was closed in 2005 following a safety inspection which highlighted a series of structural defects. The original Gateway Theatre was then demolished to make way for student accommodation prior to any construction work taking place.

Cherry said:

“Gateway Theatre is an important project for us to be involved with. We have worked on a number of projects of this kind before and it is always great to be a part of one like this for the city of Edinburgh.”

Founded in 1972 and based in Bristol, Dickson Powell Partnership is a chartered quantity surveyor led by partners Nick Trolley, Peter Vaughan and Richard Cox. The practice works with a variety of clients on projects ranging from residential, office and commercial schemes, through to retail and industrial projects.

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