UK-based Kier has won a series of contracts for construction and housing developments totalling £90m, which includes a provision to set up a 78m-tall student accommodation block in Plymouth.

Threesixty Developments has awarded a £29.5m contract, which entitles Kier for the design and build of the 22-storey Beckley Court scheme.

Once developed, the scheme is claimed to emerge as the tallest building in Plymouth.

The second among the contracts has been awarded for a £20m project in Durham, by specialist student housing developer Alumno.

"Threesixty Developments has awarded a £29.5m contract, which entitles Kier for the design and build of the 22-storey Beckley Court scheme."

Kier will be responsible for developing 418 student rooms at Sheraton Park under the project.

Kier Living is a company subsidiary who will also be working as a development partner for a major £40m mixed-tenure housing scheme, Primrose Estate in the city of Kings Norton, Birmingham.

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The housing project will be developed under Birmingham City Council’s Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust and is to feature around 300 houses, of which 148 will be affordable, along with public amenity space and superstores.

Kier construction and infrastructure services executive director Nigel Brook was quoted by Construction Enquirer as saying: "We anticipate seeing some ebb and flow as issues like resources and materials fluctuate, but there is an ongoing momentum and appetite from clients across the public and private sector.

"Whether it is the increase in appetite for tall buildings, not just in the capital but across the regions, the growth of the student accommodation market, or new office space from grade A headquarters to start up incubator space, high-quality opportunities of all scales are coming through.

"This is likely to be cemented by the devolution agenda and the growth of the Northern Powerhouse, and could possibly drive greater momentum in the north of England, as authorities look to combine to harness shared funding and resources, and the private sector is buoyed and encouraged by this focused investment."

Earlier this month, the firm had completed the development a £121m training facility at MOD Lyneham for the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO), in a joint venture with Balfour Beatty.