Student halls named in honour of Ablett

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Ablett House, named after the late Gary Ablett, will be home to 397 students © The Student Housing Company

Ablett House, named after the late Gary Ablett, will become home to 397 students in September © The Student Housing Company

A new student accommodation in the city is to be named after the late former Liverpool and Everton star, Gary Ablett.

The 11-storey accommodation, which is scheduled to be completed in time for September’s student arrivals, is on the junction of Great Crosshall Street and Tithebarn Street in the city centre.

Ablett is one of a select few who played for both Merseyside clubs during his career and is the only man to have lifted the FA Cup for the Reds and the Blues.

The Liverpool born defender tragically lost his life in 2012 at the age of 46 after a 16-month battle with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, a form of blood cancer.

The decision to name the accommodation after Ablett was an easy one for Bob Crompton, Chairman of the Student House Company.

Gary Ablett © Trinity Mirror

Gary Ablett © Trinity Mirror

He told JMU Journalism: “We decided to name Ablett House in honour of the late footballer Gary Ablett as we felt the respect that everyone has towards Gary in Liverpool could bring nothing but positive energy to our brand new site in the city.

He continued: “He was an extremely talented footballer for both local teams Everton and Liverpool and is much loved by all, so it seemed like a fitting choice.

“We’ve had nothing but positive feedback regarding the name, including the full support from Mr Ablett’s family and it was a great privilege to welcome them to the launch of our show flat last week.”

Ablett House, which can house up to 397 students, will be the first Liverpool location for The Student Housing Company, which already has 12 other locations around the UK.

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