The University of Brighton has awarded a contract to Bouygues Construction for financing, designing and building new student halls on their Moulsecoomb campus (the University’s single biggest campus) to the north of the city. Bouygues Construction will then maintain and operate this facility for a period of 50 years. This project, which overall is worth £160.7 million (€181.3 million), will be jointly carried out by three of Bouygues Construction’s British subsidiaries: Linkcity (through its brand Uliving), Bouygues UK and Bouygues Energies & Services.
Vice-chancellor Professor Debra Humphris of the University of Brighton, said: “We’re proud to be investing in the future of our university, making Brighton a great place to live, work and study. The transformation of our Moulsecoomb campus is a vital part of this and will provide our students with access to modern accommodation, new teaching and learning spaces as well as new social and fitness facilities. Uliving has a track record of creating exceptional student accommodation schemes across the UK and we’re delighted to be partnering with them to maintain Brighton’s position as one of the best places to study in the UK.”
The project, which is being developed by Uliving, a subsidiary of Linkcity specialising in student accommodation, consists of five blocks varying between 8 and 18 storeys which will provide more than 800 student bedrooms as well as ground-floor amenities for the students’ union and fitness facilities. Designed by HASSELL Architect, this high-quality student residence will be built on the eastern side of the Moulsecoomb campus and forms part of a vast transformation project aiming to turn it into a sustainable and innovative campus.
The works carried out by Bouygues UK got under way recently, and handover is scheduled for September 2021. The residence is set to welcome its first students for the 2021-22 academic year.