Peel Park Development, University of Salford

Student living for the 21st Century

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Project Overview

Client University of Salford
Project Value £81m
Expertise Building
Sector Education
Sector Residential
Timeline September 2013 - September 2015
Location England - North
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Project summary

Revolutionising student accommodation, the University of Salford’s Peel Park Campus has subverted traditional perceptions of student living.

Modern, luxurious and built to deliver a lasting impact, this multi-use University quarter, inclusive of nine residential blocks, on two separate sites, and 1367 modern study bedrooms, is now a stimulus for the University of Salford’s student recruitment strategy.

A model for public and private sector partnership, we jointly invested and developed this £81 million project on budget during an intensive 90-week construction phase before handing over ahead of schedule.

The detail

Pivotal to the success of the design, build and management of this transformative project was the establishment of a trusted consortium of four partners, named the Salford Villages Consortium, consisting of GRAHAM, as the main contractor, Equitix, Kier Investments and Campus Living Villages.

This innovative financial structure provided the platform for a concentrated 90-week construction phase, encompassing over 1 million ‘man-hours’ on site, 2136 tonnes of steel and 28,956m of metal studs. No issues of disruption were identified by the client.

Complementing the ‘home away from home’ ethos of the 1367 living spaces, are modern amenities such as a cinema and gym, which are all connected, and enlivened, through a series of public spaces.

Completed ahead of schedule and featuring a building footprint of 15,200m2, the ambitious BREEAM ‘Excellent’ project has significantly enhanced the heritage of the Peel Park. Environmentally friendly, and thermally efficient, the project will support the University in minimising lifecycle costs into the future and enhance the lives of students.

"GRAHAM has delivered a remarkable product, which will transform the experience of our students. The site itself, linked by landscaped gardens, courtyards and podium decks, looks stunning and is exactly what we dreamed of at the start of the project"

Stephen Talboys Director of Estates and Property Services at the University of Salford.