K2 completes new student accommodation in Portsmouth

10th August 2016

K2 Consultancy is pleased to have issued practical completion on the 836 bedroom student accommodation development at Greetham Street, Portsmouth for Unite Students.

The striking 25 storey high-rise is an impressive feature on the Portsmouth city skyline which will now provide a home-away-from-home for Portsmouth University students.

Construction works began in December 2014, with a 20-month build programme, that was delivered on time and budget.

K2 conducted a detailed inspection of every room within the building, working with the contractor RG Group over a 12-week period.  The building was successfully handed over to the Unite Operations team on the 1st August and students will occupy the building from early September 2016.


Unite Students employed K2 Consultancy as Project Managers, Employer’s Agent and Cost Consultants for this scheme.  K2 were heavily involved at all stages of the project from planning, design, construction and handover.

The development is neighboured by network rail, Council offices, existing student accommodation buildings and part of the development oversails a public highway. K2 successfully liaised with and managed all stakeholders in this project to ensure that the building could be built without difficulty.

The development also compromises a Portsmouth City Council Market store which will be occupied by 12 local businesses.

K2 ensured that the Council’s detailed specifications were adhered to during construction, which has resulted in an exceptional facility for the Council and local businesses.

Chris Sorenti, Senior Project Manager for Unite Students said:

“The completion of the new Unite development in Portsmouth will represent a significant addition to our portfolio. This new scheme will support our ambition to grow our market share of competitively priced student accommodation in Portsmouth where demand exceeds supply.  It has been a pleasure to work with K2 Consultancy, who have strived to deliver outstanding service to us in the past and this is no exception.”

Matthew Loughlin, K2 Consultancy Director commented:

“We aim to always focus on a professional high-quality completion and are able to manage numerous stakeholders involved.  This represents one of the three schemes we are managing for Unite.”

Paul Jackson, Project Manager for K2 added:

“Greetham Street Portsmouth proved to be a challenging and rewarding project.  Despite the obstacles faced by the team, through a combination of careful collaboration with the client Unite Group and team, the issues were overcome to make this high profile project a great success. The size and location of the impressive project demonstrate K2’s ability to secure major schemes throughout the country and fulfil our client’s needs effectively.”

Team hand over 

About K2:
K2 is a leading construction consultancy providing project management, cost advice and project planning in the Real Estate and Infrastructure sectors, including residential, health and commercial property, to owners and business occupiers.  In September 2014, K2 Consultancy merged their Quantity Surveying activities with Rider Hunt (London) to form a new specialist cost management business K2 Rider Hunt (London) based in Farringdon. Offices are in Gatwick and London.

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