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GRAHAM awarded £113m University of York accommodation project

Author: Neil McFarlane

Posted: 3 Jul 2018

(Pictured): A CGI impression of the University of York's first phase residential expansion of the Heslington East Campus

GRAHAM has secured a £113m contract to deliver a major 1400-bed student accommodation project for the University of York as part of an ambitious ‘Campus Masterplan’.

In what is an unprecedented period of growth for the University, GRAHAM has been selected as the main contractor to complete the first phase residential expansion of the Heslington East Campus, which will see the development of high-specification student living and communal space.

Phase two will create an additional 800-bed units.

GRAHAM, a privately owned contractor, is also an investor as part of a consortium with Equitix – a fund manager of core infrastructure assets.

The initial development is scheduled to commence in January 2019, with completion expected to take two years.

The scheme will act as a stimulus for the University of York’s student recruitment strategy while meeting the accommodation demands of an expanding global student body.

As both an experienced investor and contractor, GRAHAM brings trusted expertise to the student accommodation sector, as Michael Graham, Group Executive Chairman, explains:

“This is another fantastic win for GRAHAM and builds on our strong pipeline of projects in the region following the opening of our Leeds office in 2017.

“We are committed to providing outstanding student accommodation and the 1400 units delivered across the first phase of this project will bring our total output in the sector to more than 10,000 in the past five years.

“We look forward to developing this fantastic scheme and the positive impact it will have on the local community, creating opportunities for work and engagement with local businesses as we construct a high-class development that reflects York’s strong heritage.”

Connecting with the city’s unique heritage was a key priority throughout the design process, which was developed by GRAHAM in partnership with architects Sheppard Robson.

The project will utilise a state-of-the-art offsite manufacturing facility located in the North of England, which will support the local economy in line with GRAHAM’s commitment to high-quality sustainable development. 

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