Phase I of the Aston Student Village’s (ASV) new residences project has been successfully completed, ready for the influx of new students later this month.
The project provides just over 1300 en-suite bedrooms and also includes an all-weather sports pitch, car parking and associated external works.
At the opening ceremony, Prof Julia King, Vice-Chancellor, said: ‘Our students deserve the best and we are delighted that ASV is now able to offer them some of the best accommodation in the UK higher education sector. A huge amount of work has gone in to this project to make it happen on time and on budget. I would like to say many thanks and well done to everyone who has made this possible.’
The residences have been built to the highest standards of quality, sustainability, and security. The new building has achieved the highest BREEAM efficiency rating, and includes innovative features such as wind turbines and storm water recycling. ASV has also achieved Secured by Design accreditation, giving assurance to our students and their families about living in the centre of a large city.
Local firms have been used predominantly on the contract, including the project managers, Solihull-based Emprima, the main contractors, Carillion, and many of the supply chain partners. The project has encouraged and trained apprentices and helped the homeless into full time employment. It has also provided curriculum support for Aston students on relevant courses.
Construction of Phase II of ASV’s new residences, which will provide a further 1050 en suite bedrooms by September 2013, is planned to start in Spring 2011, subject to final approvals.
Visit the Campus Redevelopment pages for further details on Aston Student Village.
Words by Alex Earnshaw