Foundation stone laid for new student accommodation at UWE Bristol

Issue date: 30 January 2014


Construction has started at UWE Bristol on a £13m project to create 396 new student bedrooms in a town house style development on Frenchay Campus.

Professor Steve West (Vice-Chancellor) will lay the foundation stone for the new development in a ceremony on Thursday 30 January 2014 at 13.30.

Wallscourt Park Residences will offer 396 student bedrooms in a three and four-storey 'town house' student village concept with separate central security, reception and laundry hub. The accommodation will be mainly shared bathrooms, providing an alternative to the mainly en-suite accommodation elsewhere on the Campus.

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

This project is the first phase of a three phase development which will eventually provide around 1,200 bed spaces on Frenchay Campus. The project is part of the UWE Bristol Masterplan the University's vision to build a university for the 21st Century.

UWE Bristol Vice-Chancellor, Professor Steve West, said, “We are delighted that work is now starting on Wallscourt Park Residences. There is increasing demand for high quality student accommodation on Campus. Providing modern, accessible, quality accommodation is a key aspect of the way UWE Bristol supports students as they begin their academic journey. It helps to underpin the learning experience particularly in the first year, when students are finding their feet away from home. We are delighted to be working with Interserve and Capita and look forward to seeing the project progress.”

Richard Ellis, UK Operations Director for Interserve Construction Limited, said, “We have progressed the enabling activities quickly since gaining planning permission approval in December, to ensure that our works on site get off to a flying start. We are delighted to celebrate the official commencement with a Foundation Laying Ceremony today with our client and project team colleagues. We are excited to be involved in this project and look forward to providing the University's students with state of the art accommodation, social and communal spaces that will enhance their learning journey.”

UWE Bristol received planning permission for the Wallscourt Park Residences project in December from South Gloucestershire Council.

Photos from the event are available here

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