Bouygues wins contract for University of Brighton student accommodation project

WCN Editorial Team 11 Apr 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

French company Bouygues Construction has secured a contract from the University of Brighton for financing, designing and constructing a new student residence on the Moulsecoomb campus, the university’s single biggest campus, to the north of the city of Brighton.

After construction, Bouygues Construction will maintain, operate and provide the life cycle of the facility for a period of 50 years.

The project, which has an overall value of £160.7m (€181.3m), will be jointly carried out by three of Bouygues Construction’s British subsidiaries – Linkcity (through its brand Uliving), Bouygues UK and Bouygues Energies & Services.

Being developed by Uliving, a subsidiary of Linkcity specialising in student accommodation, the project consists of five blocks varying between eight and 18 storeys.

The blocks will provide more than 800 student bedrooms as well as ground-floor amenities for the students’ union and fitness facilities.

The high-quality student residence has been designed by Hassell Architect and will be constructed on the eastern side of the Moulsecoomb campus.

The student accommodation scheme forms part of a transformation project that is aimed at turning it into a sustainable and innovative campus.

The works carried out by Bouygues UK commenced recently, and handover is scheduled for September 2021.

The residence is set to welcome its first students for the 2021-22 academic year.

University of Brighton vice-chancellor ProfDebra Humphrissaid: “We’re proud to be investing in the future of our university, making Brighton a great place to live, work and study.

“The transformation of our Moulsecoomb campus is a vital part of this and will provide our students with access to modern accommodation, new teaching and learning spaces as well as new social and fitness facilities.

“Uliving has a track record of creating exceptional student accommodation schemes across the UK and we’re delighted to be partnering with them to maintain Brighton’s position as one of the best places to study in the UK.”

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Image: Rendering of new halls of residence of University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus. Photo: Courtesy of Bouygues Construction.

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