Henderson Park and Hines developed the asset located in the popular 22@ technology district -

(BARCELONA) – Henderson Park, the international private equity real estate manager, and Hines, the global real estate investment, development, and property manager have opened their latest student asset, aparto Cristóbal de Moura in Barcelona, with a 100% occupancy rate.

Located in the 22@ technology district, the new beating heart of the Poblenou district, the 347-bed property is operated by Hines' international award-winning student accommodation platform, aparto.

aparto Cristóbal de Moura, completed in late 2023, has a total surface area of 11,000 sqm across nine floors. The area is increasingly popular with students due to its proximity to the university campuses of the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, the Universitat Pompeu Fabra and the Toulouse Business School.

The state-of-the-art residence stands out for its rich amenity offering that includes a gym, swimming pool, terrace, bike storage, study rooms, self-discovery area, cinema and yoga studio. The building’s vibrant communal spaces foster a sense of community and make aparto Cristóbal de Moura a great place to spend study and leisure time. aparto offers a number of services including laundry, an experience and wellbeing programme and an online mental health platform.

Christophe Kuhbier, Managing Director at Henderson Park, commented: “This is the latest milestone in our delivery of a best-in-class student accommodation asset in one of Barcelona’s most exciting neighbourhoods. The overwhelmingly positive response from students, both in terms of occupancy levels and the feedback we have received from those already moved in, validates the importance of our tenant-first approach. We put student wellbeing at the heart of all decision making, which has resulted in the creation of an innovative and highly attractive space that will deliver reliable income.”

Vanessa Gelado, Senior Managing Director and Country Head of Hines operations in Spain, added: “This opening of aparto Cristóbal de Moura is the result, on the one hand of Barcelona's potential as a location in the student residence segment and, in addition, of the need to meet the high demand for university accommodation by young students at a time of scarce supply. In this sense, our experience in hospitality allows us to adapt to their needs and offer a differential value within the sector".

The building’s design is inspired by Barcelona's Eixample district has been designed by the Batlleiroig architecture studio to make a positive impact on the quality of life of its residents. It promotes coexistence and wellbeing with outdoor green spaces for relaxing and socialising while improving air quality. The project has been designed to meet the highest standards of sustainability and technology and is targeting LEED Gold and WELL certifications

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