University of Essex, The Meadows

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 delivered 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 was delivered for the 2016/17 academic year. 

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

By achieving a ‘True’ Zero Carbon accreditation and meeting BREEAM Outstanding standards on this scheme, a first in this sector, Uliving positioned itself as a market leader in sustainability. 

 
 

University of Gloucestershire

This project saw 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 enhances the student experience on the Pittville Campus and creates an integrated community feel. 

The new units were delivered 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 maximised 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, is a flagship development that provides first year, international and postgraduate students 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 are integrated into this state of the art development.

The scheme was designed to BREEAM Excellent standard. 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.

 
 

Bath Court, Birmingham

This high-quality student accommodation development will be Uliving’s first off-campus, direct-let project.

The development

Bath Court is Uliving’s first off-campus, direct-let project and the result of a partnership with Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, one of the largest owners of student housing in the US and Europe.

This high-quality student accommodation development will be built on the site of Bath Court on Bath Row, ideally located for students studying at University College Birmingham, Birmingham City University and University of Birmingham campuses. It will include 435 new student bedrooms and extensive facilities including a large, street-facing gym, an open-plan common room area with seating, games and television screens, two study rooms, a launderette, a dance studio, and a landscaped roof terrace.

Construction began in April 2018, with the first students set to move in for the 2020/2021 academic year.

 

Project fact file

Client
Joint Venture between Harrison Street Real Estate Capital and Uliving
Size of development
435 new student bedrooms together with a new retail unit, gym, communal social space and silent study areas.
Time to develop
2 years
Developer
Uliving
Contractor
Bouygues Construction
Architect
Planning Application: Stride Treglown
Delivery: RG+P

Uliving and Harrison Street Real Estate Capital, one of the largest owners of student housing in the US and Europe, have signed a partnership agreement to invest in purpose-built student accommodation properties in the UK. Bath Court is their first project.

UBS Asset Management is providing senior debt funding through its real estate debt fund, the UBS Participating Real Estate Mortgage Fund (UBS-PREMF), while Harrison Street is the majority equity investor. Uliving is also providing equity and is the developer and operator. Bouygues UK will provide construction services.

The site is very well located, with Birmingham City Centre and all of Birmingham’s higher education institutions within easy reach. The prominent corner location acts as a 'gateway' into the city centre.

The prominent 100m street frontage wraps itself around two sides of the site and the lower level is to be anchored by a new retail unit, gym, communal social space and silent study areas. The upper levels provide apartment accommodation for 435 students. To the rear, a large landscaped raised terrace provides external space for the students and a central light well allows natural light deep into the building.

 
 

University of Essex, The Copse

This development sees the creation of 643 new student bedrooms and is the latest partnership between Uliving and the University of Essex to upgrade its student accommodation offering.

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The development

The Copse continues Uliving’s partnership with the University of Essex to upgrade its student accommodation offering. Having refurbished 780 existing bedrooms as part of The Quays and developed 648 new bedrooms as part of The Meadows, this new phase links in with the previous buildings and is the latest addition to the University’s Knowledge Gateway, a research and technology park at its Colchester Campus.

 

Project fact file

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Client
University of Essex
Size of development
643 student beds together with social hub and University offices.
Time to develop
1.5 years
Developer
Uliving
Constructor
Bouygues Construction
Facilities management
Derwent Living
Architect
Willmore Iles Architects

The Copse is being funded through an innovative index-linked wrapped bond placement. Equity partners together with Uliving are Equitix and Centro Place Investment; the credit enhancer is Assured Guaranty; the bond purchaser is Pension Insurance Corporation; and the bond arranger is TradeRisks.

The scheme comprises the design and construction of two seven-storey buildings to provide 623 en-suite student residences, 20 studio rooms, 64 kitchens/lounges, a launderette, and associated FM facilities.

Construction is undertaken by Bouygues UK and once complete, the facility will be operated by Derwent Living. Work on the project is set to finish in September 2018.