A NUMBER of lettings have been secured at a new development within the University of York.

Evans Property Group in partnership with the University of York has secured new tennants at Kimberlow Hill Retail Park, located in Kimberlow Rise next to the University of York Heslington East campus.

The site is being developed to provide a new medical centre, retail parade and convenience store to serve the growing campus needs and local community.

The retail element of the Kimberlow Hill Retail Park is scheduled for completion later this month with planned opening dates in early 2018.

A Medical Centre, run by Unity Health will also open in March 2018.

The facility extends 20,000 sq ft and will attract an estimated 75,000 visitors annually. A 4,500 sq ft convenience store will operate as a NISA Local, while Greggs and sandwich chain Subway add to the line-up of retailers.

James Pitt, development director at Evans Property Group, said: “The ongoing investment into expanding the University’s student housing provision resulted in the need for supporting health and retail facilities close to the 161 acre Heslington East campus.

“We are delighted to have delivered the first phase of retail and convenience store which brings a mix of both independent retailers and well known high street brands to the area, anchored by a new healthcare facility.”

Evans’ close partnership with the University of York has already delivered three award-winning student residencies and facilities totalling around 2000 beds and £100 million of investment.

Heslington East has witnessed significant growth in recent years, which includes a range of academic and residential facilities and a new sports village, which features a swimming pool, all-weather pitches, a fitness suite and studios, and an outdoor cycle track and velodrome.

Around 16,000 students attend the University alongside 4,500 staff and the Kimberlow Hill Retail Park is part of the University’s strategy to provide students and local residents with retail facilities as well as a new Medical Centre operated by Unity Health. Jon Greenwood, of the university’s Commercial Services Department said: “This development, will offer students, staff, the local community new retail opportunities, and an enhanced medical care provision.”