Bouygues subsidiary ULiving has been granted the tender for designing, building, financing and operating five new university of Essex accommodation blocks.
The French company scooped the £98m tender through its ULiving university development arm, with Bouygues UK set to do the design and build task. After completion, the new university of Essex accommodation blocks will give additional 1,262 beds to the accommodation facility, at the Colchester campus.
It will give a mix of standard, ensuite and with studio rooms. Referred to as the latest phase of the Meadows accommodation development, it is set for completion and occupied by students by the start of the 2023/2024 academic year.
The project is part of the substantial development programme to expand the university for a higher student population, with over 2,600 student beds in total. Today, there are 4,787 bed spaces at the campus. ULiving and Bouygues UK have carried out the whole programme, which started in 2012 with the signing of their first contract and a long-term maintenance agreement.
The group completed the first phase of the job, it consisted building a 767-room site, for the start of the 2013/14 academic year, completed phase 2a, a 643-bedroom site, in September 2018, and is now set to deliver phases 2b and 2c. Bouygues E&S Solutions will run the residences until 2062 when the completion of the construction project will end.
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The university of Essex accommodation blocks deal is similar to the £161m tender they were offered in 2019 to finance, design and build student accommodation for the University of Brighton. It also contained a long term maintenance plan of 50 years Bouygues are an innovative business with a diverse workforce which underpins how they approach their extensive project portfolio. They believe in knowledge sharing, adopting best practices and embracing new ideas to ensure we consistently offer the best quality projects to the clients.
By drawing on the Bouygues Group heritage and support, that operates in more than 90 nations, their local expertise and focus on intelligent, competitive delivery, twinned with the resources, reach and backing of the lparent company that gives Bouygues UK the edge, delivering work with passion, flair and innovation