Salford construction ahead of schedule

The University of Salford’s new £81m student campus development passed a milestone with a topping-out ceremony held on site

Graham Construction has completed the erection of steel frameworks at the university’s Peel Park campus, which will create 1,367 new bed spaces and consists of nine blocks across two separate sites, ranging from five to nine stories. 

The company started work on the project in November 2013 as part of the Salford Villages Consortium, which includesGraham Investment Projects, Campus Living Villages, Equitix and Kier Project Investment, who will jointly invest and develop the property. Project finance has been provided by Standard Life Investments.

Graham executive chairman Michael Graham was joined on a tour of the site by Geoff Jackson, chief executive of Equitix; Chris McCrave of Kier Project Investment; Gary Clarke, CEO of Campus Living Villages, and Stephen Talboys and Andrew Hartley, director of estates and property services and general counsel at the University of Salford respectively.

Stephen Talboys, director of estates and property services at the University of Salford, said: “When planning this project with the consortium we knew this was going to be a fantastic accommodation that will transform the experience for our students. The consortium has made tremendous progress – less than a year on from concluding our negotiations with them we are seeing the frame of the buildings in-situ which is simply brilliant.

“The view I was able to get from these buildings into the park and of the urban skyline in the distance is simply stunning. When considered alongside our own investment in the £55m Gateway project, this positive investment by the consortium for the University’s future is clearly visible to all our staff and students and has been especially well received by those we are now showing round as potential 2015 entrants.” 

The Peel Park development isdesigned to provide sustainable student living with a BREEAM Excellent rating, housing 1,367 en-suite bedrooms alongside the best in student community living with generous reception area, social spaces – including TV and games room, gym, group study lounges, private dining kitchen, launderette and a cinema room. It is expected to open to students in September 2015.

Picture: From left at the topping out ceremony are: Chris McCrave, Kier Project Investment; Michael Graham, GRAHAM Construction; Andrew Hartley, University of Salford; Gary Clarke, Campus Living Villages; Geoff Jackson, Equitix.

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