Work has begun to turn a former nursing home in Lincoln into student accommodation.
The Park View Nursing Home, which was closed in September last year, will provide accommodation for 53 students when the conversion is finished.
New kitchens, LED lighting, carpets and broadband will be added to the property on St Botolph’s Crescent, with large living room areas and TVs in each bedroom.
The new rooms, based in three flats upstairs and two downstairs, will include nine en-suites. New bicycle racks and sheds will also be installed.
Developers Unity Property Group aim to have the student homes ready for the start of the new university term in mid-September.
The University of Lincoln is expecting to take around 220 new nursing students this September after winning an NHS contract to deliver adult and mental health training.
Last month, 30 out of 31 households on the street signed a petition against the development, believing the students would cause an increase in noise and loss of privacy.
“We believe we are injecting new life into the local community and that our move will also be good news for local businesses,” said Dominik Jackson, Partner in Unity Property Group.
“We are professional landlords and we strive to create high quality, value-for-money accommodation.”