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Keele accommodation scheme gets green light

UPP and Keele University's proposals for £160-million new student residences given go-ahead

Posted by Rebecca Paddick | April 02, 2017 | Estates

University Partnerships Programme (UPP) and Keele University have been granted planning permission for a £160 million development of the University student residential estate. 

The scheme aims to transform student accommodation on the Keele University campus, and provide a major boost to the local regional economy. 

The partnership between the University and UPP will provide around 1,300 students with accommodation, taking the total to approximately 4,300 rooms within the next four to five years. This will include the construction of approximately 2,300 high-quality, affordable rooms, matching the ambitions of the University and its students as it expands from 10,000 to 13,000 students by 2020.

The scheme will be a new build project at the Lindsay, Horwood and Barnes halls on the University’s main campus. New social hubs will be created in each hall as well as enhanced social facilities to be developed at Holly Cross and The Oaks hall. 

This major investment will give Keele students access to some of the best campus accommodation in Britain, making the University an even stronger proposition for prospective students both here in the UK and internationally

The University’s proposals have evolved over the last 12 months through extensive consultation with local residents, the student community and staff. Expanding within each of the existing Residential Halls, the development will provide four new social spaces that current Keele students themselves helped to design.

Over the last 10 years, Keele University has invested over £140 million in its campus and as one of the fastest growing universities in the UK, the project is vital to the continued success of the University. 

Professor Trevor McMillan, Vice Chancellor of Keele University, welcomed the decision: “This major investment will give Keele students access to some of the best campus accommodation in Britain, making the University an even stronger proposition for prospective students both here in the UK and internationally.

“By ensuring that our campus is fit for the future, we’re securing Keele’s position as a leading UK university that is a centre for both excellent teaching and world-class research. This investment ensures that Keele can grow and develop, and is great news for Newcastle-under-Lyme as well as the wider region.”

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