Engie wins contract for student accommodation scheme in UK

WCN Editorial Team 1 Aug 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

French company Engie has won contracts worth more than £200m from the University of Leicester for a student accommodation and regeneration scheme.

Engie won the contract from Freemens Common Village, a special purpose vehicle (SPV) established to design, build, fund, manage and operate the project for the university.

As part of the contract, Engie will oversee the delivery of 1,164 new student homes across seven blocks, refurbishment of grade II listed building which will be used as office and study space, construction of 500-space multi-storey carpark, and creation of a 9,000m² teaching and learning centre. Construction is expected to begin in September and be completed in three years.

The construction will be followed by a 50-year hard facilities management contract. It will support the day-to-day lives of the students by offering technical services, estates management and external cleaning for the new residences, along with providing high-speed Wi-Fi and IT services to ensure best experience for the occupants.

The company will also provide lifecycle management to the residences, which will include infrastructure replacement right through to internal components.

Engie places & communities division (north) divisional chief operating officer Martin Smithurst said: “This is a prime project for ENGIE, as it’s one of the few occasions where we get to showcase our broad capabilities in placemaking.

“These contracts not only allow us to demonstrate our expertise across energy, services and regeneration; but provides us with the opportunity to apply our long-term investment model, by taking an equity stake in the scheme. This assures our partners and students of our long-term commitment to Leicester and its university.

“We have delivered several similar higher education projects across the country and we’re delighted to be working with the University of Leicester, as well as Equitix, on such a remarkable scheme that will create a lasting legacy in Leicester.”

Engie said that energy efficiency has been a key element in the design of the project. The overall scheme will include several renewable and energy-saving technologies such as solar panels, highly efficient centralised gas-fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP), along with LED lighting.

University of Leicester chief financial officer Martyn Riddleston said: “The Freemen’s Common development is an exciting and important project for the University that will enable us to continue to deliver the best experience for our students. We are delighted to be working with ENGIE and Equitix to deliver the project.”

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Image: The Fielding Johnson Building at the University of Leicester. Photo: Courtesy of NotFromUtrecht/Wikipedia.org.

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