Construction firm Mace has appointed main contractors for two student housing schemes in Exeter and Cardiff.
The two schemes represent a major portion of a 2,000-bed student housing portfolio that includes schemes in Oxford and Sheffield.
Galliford Try has been appointed as the main contractor for a 10-storey, 644-bed scheme to be built on the former West Wing of the Cardiff Royal Infirmary on Glossop Road in the Adamsdown area.
With a mix of apartments, studio-style living and cluster accommodation, the project will include on-site media room, gym and yoga studio, private dining and study areas, a private courtyard, and two retail units.
Sir Robert McAlpine has been appointed as the main contractor for the Exeter project, a mixed-use scheme of 599 student beds and retail space that will be located on Belgrave Road in the city centre.
It will feature a distinctive pitched roof design that reflects Exeter’s architectural heritage.
The eight-storey project will be set around a large central landscaped courtyard. It will incorporate a mixture of apartments, studio-style living and cluster accommodation, along with onsite facilities and amenities, similar to the Cardiff project. It will include shops, restaurants and bars.
Both sites will be completed in time for students to move in for the 2019-20 academic year.
Mace’s COO for development David Grover said: “The appointment of contractors for these schemes marks a major step forward for our student housing portfolio.
“The schemes themselves will have a major impact in both cities, helping to deliver sustainable economic growth, reduce the pressure on local housing stock and make Cardiff and Exeter more attractive to potential students.”
Galliford Try’s south west area director Mark Wusthoff said: “We have an excellent track record in providing high-quality accommodation within Wales and we look forward to building on that reputation at Glossop Road in conjunction with all the stakeholders involved.”
Sir Robert McAlpine’s managing director for Wales and west Peter Munn said: “Once complete, the project will represent a key part of the student accommodation offering in Exeter, and we are very pleased to be returning where we can re-establish our historic links with the city.”