Graham tops out £130m student accommodation project in UK

WCN Editorial Team 6 Oct 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

UK-based construction firm Graham has topped out at the University of York’s £130m student accommodation project in York city in northeast England.

The new 1,480-bed student accommodation scheme is a part of the University of York’s “Campus for the Future” masterplan.

The company is using a modern offsite manufacturing facility, which is located in the north of England, to deliver the scheme, increase the safety, sustainability and quality of the construction programme.

The project includes 18 blocks that will feature 200 living rooms/kitchens, en-suite bedrooms and more than 18,000ft2 of steel frame social hubs spread over two buildings.

The main elements of the development include pre-assembled services distribution racks, prefabricated steel bathroom pods, and modular external sandwich panels.

Graham, in partnership with architects Sheppard Robson, has developed the design and execution of the project.

Equitix CEO Hugh Crossley said: “We commend all our partners at the University, GRAHAM and Derwent for their perseverance and resilience in delivering this crucial infrastructure on programme amidst the challenges of a global pandemic.

“The topping out at the new residences celebrates a significant milestone in Equitix’s 50 year relationship with the University of York.

“Importantly, it also celebrates significant progress towards a new college that will enable future generations of students to embark upon their University life in an environment that promotes wellbeing, community and sustainability.

“Equitix focuses on developing and delivering schemes that provide a ‘Best in Class’ Student Experience and, working with GRAHAM, the outcomes delivered here have exceeded expectations.”

Work on the project is scheduled to be completed for the 2022 academic year.


University of York project team. Credit: GRAHAM Group.

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