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RG Group wins deal for Yorkshire's tallest building

RG Group has landed the contract to build a new student housing tower in Leeds, which is set to become the tallest building in Yorkshire.

The contractor was picked by developer Olympian Homes for the Hume House tower, which will stand 114 m when completed and provide 278,000 sq ft of accommodation space.

Construction work started this week on the 37-storey building, which will feature 752 bedrooms and create 300 construction jobs at the peak of construction.

The tower will also include a roof terrace on the 35th floor that will serve as a viewing gallery.

Hume House will be one of the biggest projects delivered by Kent-based RG Group, which specialises in residential, commercial and retail buildings.

Other student accommodation projects delivered by RG Group include a 669-room student village in Wembley, the 586-room Staniforth House Tower in Birmingham and the 528-room development in North Lodge student block in London – all of which being delivered for student housing developer Unite Students.

In its latest accounts, RG Group posted turnover of £196m for the 12 months to 31 December 2017, up from £147m for the previous year.

However, the company’s pre-tax profit for 2017 fell to £364,000, down from £1.4m in 2016.

Commenting on the Hume House deal, Olympian Homes chief executive Simon Murray-Twin said: “We awarded the building contract to RG Group on the basis of their expertise, experience and attention to detail.

“We have enjoyed a positive collaboration throughout the tender process to create a building of which we and the city will be proud.”

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