University of Essex

Our scheme at the Meadows was built with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind, achieving BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and EPC ‘A’ ratings as well as Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

The development

Uliving and investment partner Equitix have worked together with the University of Essex to create The Meadows. The high-spec and vibrant scheme features a combination of town houses and cluster flats organised around the pavilion - a dedicated 100 sqm social space.

The Meadows comprises 420 en-suite bedrooms in clusters of five to seven students, 228 bedrooms within 19 townhouses (each townhouse having 12 bedrooms, six bathrooms and a shared open-plan living space with kitchen/diner), common room, laundry and a retail unit located within the Pavilion.

 
 

Project fact file

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Client
University of Essex
Size of development
1,428 student beds in clusters and townhouses
Time to develop
1 year
Developer
Uliving
Constructor
Bouygues Construction
Facilities management
Derwent FM
Architect
Lewis & Hickey

Uliving’s project at Essex had a very challenging timescale, with less than a year to hand the accommodation over to the University. The key to achieving this was the successful collaboration of different partners and the commitment and expertise of everyone involved. The project was delivered on time, completing in September 2013.

The buildings were designed in accordance with the University’s Master Plan and the Borough Council’s Urban Design Framework.  In developing our proposals we were able to demonstrate that the massing of the buildings complemented both the existing built environment and that envisaged within the master plan.

As a result of this proactive approach, the scheme achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and EPC ‘A’ ratings, as well as Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.

Uliving has maintained a positive approach to sustainability whilst managing the scheme, implementing a number of measures, including; minimising the volume of waste created through careful management of site activities; maximising the volumes of residual waste that could be recycled; using recycled and recyclable (non-timber) shuttering; incorporating energy-efficient fittings in welfare accommodation and using a skip-washing unit incorporating a water recycling system.

In the summer of 2015, Uliving received the ANUK accreditation for its accommodation at Essex. Launched in 2008, the ANUK National Code of Standards for Student Accommodation is designed to regulate large student landlords, ensuring that a good standard of accommodation is being delivered to students.

To ensure the Code is being run effectively and to provide feedback from the students themselves, one of the key stakeholders is the National Union of Students. Their seat on the board makes sure student voices are heard on the management and complaints procedures of the Code.

 
 

University of Hertfordshire

Working with the university, Meridiam Infrastructure and Legal and General, Uliving are delivering new student accommodation for the University of Hertfordshire.

 

The development

The project is a transfer of the University’s existing residences - some of which have been demolished - together with the creation of a new student accommodation campus for 3011 students.

In accordance with the University's requirements the project is being delivered in three phases. The final of these phases will be delivered for the 2016/17 academic year. 

The nature of this transaction has been designed to help support the University in its prime objective: To improve the quality of teaching and student living experience through the development of new residential facilities.

 

Project fact file

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Client
University of Hertfordshire
Size of development
Over 3000 bedrooms
Time to develop
3 years
Developer
Uliving
Developer
Bouygues Construction
Facilities management
Derwent FM
Architect
Wilmore Iles

The University of Hertfordshire has more than 27,700 students of which 3,600 are international students from over 85 different countries.

The University also has a global alumni network of over 165,000. In 2011, Hertfordshire was ranked 10th for the quality of research and 8th for quality of teaching. Created in 1952, it rapidly became a centre of excellence in mechanical and aeronautical engineering.

Funding has been provided through an index linked unwrapped private bond placement with a maturity of c. 41 years. This innovative project bond financing is the first of its kind to be implemented in Europe and gives Uliving access to particularly long term financing provided by institutional investors as an alternative to traditional shorter term banking solutions.

The University of Hertfordshire’s Student Accommodation Scheme is set to be a market leader in sustainability representing an exciting first in its sector. The new buildings will achieve a ‘True’ Zero Carbon accreditation and meet BREEAM Outstanding standards.

 
 

University of Gloucestershire

This project will see the transfer of 214 of the University’s existing residences, and the provision of  577 new student accommodation bedrooms.

 

The development

The new student village will enhance the experience on the Pittville Campus and create an integrated community feel. The development will improve the university’s quantity and range of student accommodation and sustain its strategic objectives.

The new units will be ready in time for the start of the 2017/18 academic year with funding secured through an index linked wrapped bond placement. This innovative project bond financing maximises the financial efficiency of the project for the benefit of the university.

 

Project fact file

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Client
University of Gloucestershire
Size of development
791 student beds together with social hub and University offices.
Time to develop
18 months
Developer
Uliving
Constructor
Bouygues Construction
Facilities management
Derwent FM
Architect
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios

The village, located a mile away from the Francis Close campus, will be a flagship development that provides first years, international students and postgraduates wishing to stay in university managed accommodation with a safe, well managed and high quality living environment.

As well as development of student accommodation,  a refectory, bar, gym, study space and offices for over 100 members of University of Gloucestershire staff will be integrated into this state of the art development.

The scheme will also obtain a BREEAM Excellent rating. BREEAM sets the standard for best practice in sustainable building design, construction and operation and has become one of the most comprehensive and widely recognised measures of a building's environmental performance

The build and refurbishment is integral to the University of Gloucestershire’s strategic commitment to be “centred on students”.

The university has more than 10,000 students of which nearly 10% are international from more than 44 different countries. The university also has a global alumni network of more than 40,000. Created over 150 years ago, it rapidly became a centre of excellence in sustainability and art.