UK's Newcastle University has announced the arrival of the first building modules at its student accommodation Park View Student Village, representing an investment of £75m.
The university has appointed Galliford Try as the principal contractor for Park View Student Village development.
Almost 800 modules will be delivered to the accommodation site as part of the project, which will see the replacement of the 1970s buildings on Richardson Road. Six new buildings are set to open next year and will provide almost 1,300 ensuite bedrooms for students.
Newcastle University residences head Paul Bandeen said: “After a long period of careful planning, it’s extremely exciting to see the first modules arriving and the accommodation starting to take shape.
“Park View Student Village will offer a top class living environment to all of our prospective students when it opens in 2018.”
The accommodation will feature a modular design, comprising pre-fabricated room pods produced in China and shipped to Newcastle.
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The first batch of modules will be used in the construction of the smallest block on Park View Student Village known as Rede, which will be a four-floor building and provide accommodation for 92 students.
Newcastle University said that its students have been actively involved in the planning and design of the project.
Galliford Try project director Paul Milburn said: “The arrival of our first modules is the result of over 12 months' hard work by both Galliford Try Construction and Newcastle University’s teams.
“We’ve worked closely with Newcastle University and CIMC-MBS in both the UK and China to ensure the transition of module design conception to delivery and installation on site is as seamless as possible.”
Image: (l-r) Newcastle University residences head Paul Bandeen, Galliford Try project director Paul Milburn and Students' Union activities officer Rebecca Walker. Photo: courtesy of Newcastle University.