Phase 2 of Aston University’s new £214m Student Village reached a construction milestone last week, and was celebrated with a traditional rooftop ceremony.
Aston’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Dame Julia King, was invited to trowel a final piece of concrete screed on the roof at the highest point on the second phase of the development to mark the construction team’s progress.
The Aston Student Village project will eventually provide 2,400 new en-suite rooms, built to the highest standard. Just over half, 1,300, of these were opened in phase 1 of the development in 2010, with the remainder in this second stage due to be complete next year.
University staff, student representatives, project partners, design team members and contractors were present at the traditional ‘topping out’ ceremony.
BAM Construction commenced work on phase 2 in May 2011, with phased piling whilst the demolition of the existing accommodation blocks took place.
Richard Dakin, Director of BAM Construction in the Midlands said,
“This is a major development and it has faced many challenges already. It is certainly a complex engineering solution with elements of pre-casting being used to deliver an efficient and safe system. We now look forward to its completion in summer 2013. This project will provide the very best student accommodation facilities for students at the University and an exciting addition to their campus.’’
The Aston Student Village development, project managed by Emprima, will see the new residences offer a range of innovative features such as greywater and wastewater recycling, along with improved recycling facilities and cycle parks in each building. The existing and new residences are served by the University’s on-site combined heat and power plant.
Professor Dame Julia King, Vice Chancellor, Aston University, said; “These are exciting times for Aston University with multi-million pound investments in research, learning and social facilities across our campus. We recognise how important accommodation and facilities are to our students and our £214m investment in our accommodation will ensure they have high quality, well-maintained rooms on campus for many years to come.