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It's all change down Ricky Road

Planning permission has been granted to transform the University's Richardson Road site with brand new student accommodation blocks.

Building for the future

Built in the 1970s, Richardson Road flats have been home to many thousands of students over the years. Permission has now been given to replace outdated accommodation with high quality facilities. This summer, work will commence on the construction of six new student accommodation blocks, ranging from four to 10 stories high.

Following the City Council's approval of the £75.5 million project, the new site will provide 1279 en suite bedrooms on the site, an increase of 351 bedspaces. The new accommodation is set to open for students in September 2018.

Paul Bandeen, Head of Residences at Newcastle University, said: "The redevelopment will allow us to replace outdated accommodation with the high quality facilities today's students need and expect. Our student numbers have grown by 25% over the last 10 years and the increase in rooms will allow us to meet both this existing need and future demand."

Fond memories

Last summer, NU Advancement arranged special access to Richardson Road for graduates who were visiting campus as part of their reunion plans. In our alumni survey last year, many graduates also shared fond memories of their time at Richardson Road.

If you're looking to organise a reunion with your former housemates, NU Advancement is here to help. Whether contacting lost friends or arranging accommodation and venues, we will ensure your occasion is unforgettable.

An artist's impression of the new Richardson Road development.

published on: 2 March 2016