Professional Partners

Candace Davies, Residence Manager

“In September 2013, Lancaster University approached CityBlock to assist with accommodation of 40 students. In a very short space of time we had set up a mutually agreeable framework, thanks largely to CityBlock’s professional approach and willingness to work with the University to provide the best possible experience for our students.”

Dr Hilary Simmons, Head of Colleges and Student Life

“CityBlock has an excellent reputation at the University as a fair and high quality provider. Great care us taken with the styling and design of the accommodation, and the layouts facilitate student interactions and integration. In 2013, we needed to accommodate incoming first years off campus; our Deputy Vic-Chancellor laid down a number of demanding requirements, which CityBlock worked with us to deliver in a very short timescale. We were very satisfied with their understanding of the University’s needs and the speed and professionalism shown in their response.”

 

Emma Bales, Head of Campus Services – University of Cumbria

“CityBlock provides operational management in a professional manner, providing valuable assistance with behaviour and student welfare. Feedback from students who lived at CityBlock is positive, and many chose to stay on for the course of their studies. We maintain a strong relationship with CityBlock, which continues its impressive investment in Lancaster student life”

 

Eve Miss, ISC Accommodation and Arrivals Coordinator

“CityBlock have been a pleasure to work with. They have made a strong effort to cater to the needs of our students, responding quickly to any queries and reacting positively and professionally to any issues arising. With the regular feedback and communication I receive from the CityBlock team, I am confident that the students are in good hands when staying in these residences.”

 

Andrew M. Dignum BA (Hons), Senior Relationship Manager, NatWest

“Proud partners with CityBlock through the delivery and management of first class student accommodation”

 

Nick Riley, Board Director

“CityBlock is wholly committed to delivering the very best quality in its physical environments, providing an outstanding resident experience.

“On our Berkshire House project in Reading we developed a proposition which has completely changed and modernised the identity of an existing redundant office building.

“Internally, we worked hard together to design a studio bedroom offer which considered every detail carefully. This unique space is now a residents lounge with study space, private dining rooms, a gym and media lounge; all of which benefit from a distinctive urban character/identity.

“CityBlock strives to achieve the very best in its schemes by understanding what’s important to residents and ensuring every detail is designed to optimise student experience.”

 

Stephen Hunter, tax partner at RSM

RSM, leading audit, tax and consulting firm to the UK middle market, is a key adviser to CityBlock and has been delivering audit, tax and accounting advice for many years.

“As a leading provider of student accommodation services across the UK, CityBlock understands the market and is receptive to not only its clients, but to industry opportunities. This approach has shaped its transformation to date, and we are proud to have supported the business through this period of growth. It’s an ambitious business with a growing portfolio, and we look forward to building on ourpartnership and advising CityBlock throughout its next stage of strategic growth.”

 

Robert Simpson MSc, Associate Director – Project Monitoring

Penny Street, Lancaster, construction of a 5 storey, 70 bed student residential development comprising 6 cluster flats and 10 studio apartments with retail space located on the ground floor.

“We were impressed by the level of diligence CityBlock demonstrated in coordinating delivery of their vision for the best fit product to meet their customer’s needs.”

 

Ross Owen BSc AKC MSc FRICS Chairman

“We formed a joint venture with CityBlock to undertake the Berkshire House project in Reading, as the company has a blend of development and operational expertise.  I have been impressed by the way the team has used these skills to best advantage, helping us to realise an exceptional return on our investment.”

 

Rod Waldie – Partner

“We have a long-standing relationship with CityBlock, who we have worked with for almost 15 years. We greatly value our partnership with the team across all aspects of the CityBlock business. We are proud to be associated with the brand and the very high quality student accommodation that CityBlock develop and operate.

Specialising in bespoke new-build, city-centre student accommodation, CityBlock are highly regarded in their sector and it has been a pleasure to support their ambitious growth over the last decade. We look forward to working with the team as they move into the next phase of their journey, while continuing to provide a superior service to students across the UK.”

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