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Aston Student Village appoints Carillion for phase one construction

13 October 2008 – for immediate release

Aston Student Village (ASV) has signed a contract with Carillion plc for the construction of Phase One of its £214m project to transform the Aston University campus.

This contract, worth £57m, will see Carillion build two residential blocks on the south side of campus, providing 1300 high-specification, en suite bedrooms. Phase I will also deliver an all-weather sports pitch, 240 car parking spaces and the relocation of chaplaincy facilities. Rooms will be made available from late 2010 and Lewis and Hickey is the architect behind the project.

Guppy Dhariwal from ASV, said, ‘We’re delighted to have signed the contract with Carillion. We have made good progress over the Summer, preparing the site for the construction, and are now looking forward to seeing the residences develop over the next two years. I am confident that Carillion will deliver high quality results on budget and on time.’

Phase I will be followed immediately by Phase II of the project. This will see the removal of Aston University’s 1960s residential towers, and the construction of two new, modern blocks to the west of campus. This will account for a further 1100 en suite rooms, meaning the project will deliver 2400 new rooms in total, taking the number on campus to over 3000. This work is due for completion in 2014.

The residential blocks for both Phases have been designed with the environment in mind. They will use the latest energy-efficient materials and systems, and also benefit from cutting-edge, environmentally-friendly features such as green roofs, wind turbines, a Combined Heat and Power Plant and rain water recycling.

Guppy Dhariwal is enthusiastic about the finished scheme: ‘This project will transform the Aston campus. It enables the University to further improve the service it provides to its students and enhance their enjoyment of their time at Aston. This is a very important development for the University.’

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Notes to Editors:

• For regular updates on the ASV project, please visit www1.aston.ac.uk/about/campus-redevelopment/

• Aston Student Village is a charitable organisation created by Aston University, Bank of Scotland Corporate, and facilities management company, Operon

• Carillion plc is one of the UK's leading support services and construction companies, employing around 50,000 people. It has an annual revenue of around £5bn and operations across Britain and in Europe, Canada, the Middle East, North Africa and Caribbean.

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