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Foundation Stone Laid at UWE Project

7th February 2014

Construction has started at UWE Bristol on a £13m project to create 396 new student bedrooms in a town house style development on Frenchay Campus.

Professor Steve West (Vice-Chancellor) laid the foundation stone at the project which will be project managed by Capita.

It will eventually provide approximately 1,200 new student bed spaces on Frenchay Campus in three phases of around 400 each.

The accommodation will be developed to provide an alternative to the traditional six person cluster flats, with a mix of en-suite and shared bathrooms and some studio flats in the later phase. This first phase will be located adjacent to Wallscourt Farmhouse. Building these additional bed spaces is a move towards meeting student expectations by providing a wider choice of campus accommodation, at lower rent levels.

We are delighted that work is now starting on Wallscourt Park Residences. There is increasing demand for high quality student accommodation on Campus. Providing modern, accessible, quality accommodation is a key aspect of the way UWE Bristol supports students as they begin their academic journey. It helps to underpin the learning experience particularly in the first year, when students are finding their feet away from home. We are delighted to be working with Interserve and Capita and look forward to seeing the project progress.

Professor Steve West

Professor Steve West

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor

Richard Ellis, UK Operations Director for Interserve Construction Limited, said, “We have progressed the enabling activities quickly since gaining planning permission approval in December, to ensure that our works on site get off to a flying start. We are delighted to celebrate the official commencement with a Foundation Laying Ceremony today with our client and project team colleagues. We are excited to be involved in this project and look forward to providing the University's students with state of the art accommodation, social and communal spaces that will enhance their learning journey.”

UWE Bristol received planning permission for the Wallscourt Park Residences project in December from South Gloucestershire Council.

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