New UWE accommodation tops out

Over 550 beds delivered by Interserve at the University of the West of England

Construction group Interserve recently celebrated the ‘topping out’ of the Wallscourt Park Phase 2 student accommodation scheme on the University of the West of England’s (UWE Bristol) Frenchay Campus. 

Space for more than 550 beds are being created in five blocks in a mixture of town houses, apartments and studios, which will complement the previous phase of 396 beds arranged in townhouses completed by Interserve in 2014.

The ‘topping out’ ceremony took place on the roof of Block C, a building of four storeys comprising 23 single bed studio flats, two of which are DDA compliant. William Marshall, pro vice-chancellor (Commercial Director and Corporation Secretary) at UWE Bristol screwed in some of the project’s final fixings with Paul Gale, divisional director, construction at Interserve.

Paul Gale and William Marshall at the site

Marshall said: “This second major phase of our development will provide a high standard of accommodation which is important to our students, the University and the city. Our students want more campus-based accommodation so it’s important that we meet their needs and provide an excellent experience for them when they study at UWE Bristol. It creates a stronger campus experience at the University, complementing the other facilities currently under construction such as the new FBL building. 

“I’m very grateful to the teams at contractors Interserve, Capita and Sweett Group, and the project team at UWE Bristol and Facilities, who have all worked together to deliver this project. It’s a great team effort and a job well done.” 

Gale said: “We’re delighted to be involved in the second phase of this development, which will complement the neighbouring blocks, and we are thrilled to be able to celebrate the topping out of Block C.  We look forward to handing over the final rooms by Easter 2017.”

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