Vinci wins Coventry student housing project

WCN Editorial Team 30 Jan 2017 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Vinci Construction UK has won a contract from Barberry Developments to build the first phase of the Bishop Gate student housing project in Coventry [pictured], UK.

The project will include the transformation of the former Royal Mail sorting office site into high-quality student accommodation with gardens, bicycle storage, and multi-use courtyards.

Construction work is in progress on the £60M first phase of the project. This phase includes 725 student units in a three-storey brick and sandstone plinth and three residential blocks above.

Barberry Developments’ director Henry Bellfield said: “We are making tremendous progress at Bishop Gate. We have now appointed Vinci Construction UK — a world leader in construction and civil engineering — as contractors to deliver this exciting development.

“Vinci Construction UK has enormous experience of delivering similar student accommodation schemes, including more than 800 units at Mason halls of residence for the University of Birmingham and 656 high rise student rooms at Bagot street near Aston University .

“We are delighted to be working alongside them and we are confident that together we will deliver a development the university and the city can be proud of. It is going to be a very striking development and a major improvement to the Coventry skyline. It is a high-quality scheme that will help improve the image of the city.”

Arcadis is serving as the project’s cost consultant, with Hoare Lea acting as M&E engineer and Nolan Associates as civil and structural engineer.

Bishop Gate is set to be complete on time for the 2018/19 academic year.

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