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£75 Million Contract For New Student Halls
Manchester scaffolding users will be pleased to hear the construction boom in Manchester is still rolling on.
The latest big construction deal to take place in the city is the £75million build of new student halls of residence in Fallowfield.
Designed to accommodate 1,122 students from the University, the premises will join other student facilities in the area, which is known for its student population.
Students will be accommodated in bedrooms over eight blocks, of four stories each. Each of these floors will contain ten bedrooms, surrounding a communal kitchen for students to use. This reflects much of the other self-catered student accommodation in the area which extends from The University of Manchester on Oxford Road, and down to Fallowfield.
The preferred partner is Carillion, who are in charge of the final design and proposals. When these are finalised the contract will be signed.
“Being selected for this project reflects our reputation for delivering to high-standards of quality and health and safety and our ability to design and deliver sustainable solutions for our customers.
“We look forward to working with the university to deliver phase 1 of the Fallowfield Student Residences project to support its objective of providing an excellent student experience”, said Carillion chief executive Richard Howson, according to Construction News.
Manchester has one of the highest student populations in the world, and The University of Manchester is the biggest single-site university in the UK, with the largest student body and staff in Europe.
There are over 105,000 students across four universities in the city which are The University of Manchester, Manchester Metropolitan University, the University of Salford and the University of Bolton. There are a further 18 universities and higher education institutes in the North West, meaning the local student population reaches over half a million at times.
The rapid increase in the number of students in the area has been the focus of significant debate over changes that are taking place in Manchester. The rapid expansion of student accommodation has dominated much construction in the south of the city.
This includes not only accommodating built and owned by the universities, but also private accommodation. Some of this includes luxury accommodation is aimed at overseas students who prefer to live in higher end accommodation, or may only need short term lets as they are studying at a local university for a year or a semester.
The rise in luxury accommodation accompanies an overall growth in the cost associated with attending higher education institutions and has changed much of the building in the area. Many of these buildings include bills as part of the total rental cost , and have additional facilities for residents. These may includes restaurants, gyms, and high end decoration.
It is expected that student accommodation will continue to be big business, not least in Manchester, as estate agent Savills said that £5.8bn was pumped into the market in 2016, according to The Guardian. Purpose built student accommodation accounts for over half a million accommodation units across the country, it added.