To create a mix of accommodation to suit the financial and social needs of students, we delivered a mixture of three to six storey cluster flats and three to four storey town houses. The experience of students living in the accommodation will be enhanced through the mixed use facility that includes a student services hub and retail spaces.
As part of our contract we have become the University’s investment partner for the project which is part of a £500 million programme of investment for the campus. As a partner, we have a 50-year lease and lease back with full transfer of risk agreement and have invested 80% of project equity.
Alongside our investment capability, we combined our engineering expertise and technologies from across Balfour Beatty to achieve both programme and cost savings through a holistic approach to construction. We also worked with the client’s appointed team to develop the design with 'buildability' in mind whilst maintaining the architectural vision for the project.
Due to the steep slope of the site, a complex cut and fill exercise in ground made up of chalk saw over 30,000m3 of materials taken off site. We were able to find sustainable solutions to the waste that arose. We also managed all other earth and ground works including roads, retaining structures and superstructures to podium slabs.
The installation of services to buildings is crucial to project success as the construction methodology requires drainage and infrastructure services to be in place before building can begin. To make sure this stage of the project was completed efficiently our engineering and mechanical & electrical teams all worked closely to co-ordinate the installations efficiently.