Plans approved for University of Sussex student housing project

WCN Editorial Team 8 Aug 2016 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Balfour Beatty has secured an approval from the Brighton & Hove City Council to start work on the University of Sussex East Slope student accommodation project.

The £150M project will include the development of 2,100 new bedrooms, along with a new building for the Students’ Union and social facilities.

The new buildings will replace the existing East Slope student accommodation, which dates from the 1970s and currently houses 600 students.

The development represents the first phase of a £500M investment programme to upgrade and improve the university’s campus.

University of Sussex registrar John Duffy said: “Balfour Beatty demonstrated a strong understanding of our desire to develop high-quality accommodation while maintaining the character of the natural landscape of Sussex within the setting of the South Downs National Park.

“They were able to address our critical requirements as well as having extensive experience in delivering large-scale projects of this nature.”

Work on the project — to be delivered in phases — is anticipated to commence in January 2017.

Phase one of the development is expected to be complete by October 2018 and the overall work is scheduled for completion in 2020.

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