S Harrison appointed Robertson Yorkshire and East Midlands, part of the £300m turnover infrastructure group Robertson, as the main contractor.
The Grade II listed former working men’s club and The Tam O’Shanter public house will be redeveloped into a 114 preminum student accommodation building, complete with communal work space and leisure facilities including a gym and cinema.
Chris Hale from York based S Harrison said: “The main building within this development has stood empty for almost a decade so it’s great to see work start to bring it back to life.
“Robertson has vast experience in the student accommodation sector so we are delighted to be working with them and are extremely confident in the capabilities of the team to deliver on this project.”
Paul Turner, regional managing director of Robertson Yorkshire and East Midlands, said: “Both the University of York and York St John University have grown at a rapid rate in recent years so quality student accommodation is therefore highly sought after in this area.
“We look forward to delivering a high specification development for future students in York.”
Work is scheduled to complete in time for the 201718 academic year.