UWE Bristol gets planning go ahead for student housing

Issue date: 18 December 2013

UWE Bristol has received planning permission from South Gloucestershire Council for a new development of student housing on Frenchay Campus. The project will consist of 396 student bedrooms in a development of town houses.

The new student accommodation will eventually provide approximately 1,200 new student bed spaces on Frenchay Campus in three phases of around 400 each. The latest student accommodation will be developed to provide an alternative to the traditional six person cluster flats, with a mix of en-suite and shared bathrooms and some studio flats in the later phase. This first phase will be located adjacent to Wallscourt Farmhouse. Building these additional bed spaces is a move towards meeting student expectations by providing a wider choice of campus accommodation, at lower rent levels.

Professor Steve West, UWE Vice-Chancellor, said, “We are very excited that this phase of our Campus development has now secured planning permission. The new accommodation design looks great and I'm sure that our students will enjoy living there. The university will soon accommodate over 3,400 students in well designed, contemporary style rooms and flats.”

Richard Ellis, Divisional Director, Interserve Construction said, “We are thrilled to be involved in such a terrific project for a key client in the South West. Through a collaborative approach involving the University of West of England and the whole project team we are very excited for the project to have received planning permission to allow full construction activities to commence. The town house design with courtyards not only provides a safe, social and enjoyable environment but also fantastic accommodation to ensure an enhanced student experience. Interserve in the South West has strong connections with the University with many regional staff or members of the project team being either alumni of or currently studying at the University and we are very keen to continue our involvement with students at the university.”

This project is being managed by Capita and delivered by Interserve.

The new student accommodation is part of the University's vision to build a university for the 21st Century. Outline planning permission for the overall Masterplan, which covers projects spanning several years, was received in June [2013]. However each project within the Masterplan needs approval before it can go ahead.

The Masterplan, which has been subject to a public consultation process, aims to satisfy UWE's changing needs over the next 25 years with a range of building proposals supported by the necessary infrastructure.

The Masterplan proposals will transform the way the University works, providing a modern environment which will support students in their learning journey as well as providing services available to employers and the local community.

The plans will make the most of the adjoining land acquired by the University in 2008 from Hewlett Packard, UWE's neighbour at the Frenchay Campus. This additional 70 acres of land nearly doubled the size of the Frenchay Campus and provided the means for much needed expansion.

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