Carillion has reached a major milestone and ‘topped out’ the newest addition to the University of Birmingham’s student residential portfolio.
The Bournbrook residence, built over three blocks of five, six and seven floors, will have 178 new student bedrooms, as well as a new pavilion for student sports clubs and a café. It will provide modern, contemporary student accommodation and communal spaces with views over the University campus.
Carillion started work on the £16 million development in April 2016 and the new facility is due to open its doors to students in the autumn.
Last year, Carillion completed and handed over the brand new, state-of-the-art library to the University of Birmingham located at the heart of the campus.
Mark Nicholson, Carillion Regional Managing Director said: “We are delighted to have reached this significant milestone in construction. The completion of the new building in September will provide the University with modern, contemporary living for its student population with state-of-the-art facilities all within the campus environment.”
Lesley Stewart, Director of Residential and Environmental Services at the University said: “Here in Bournbrook, Selly Oak, students benefit from close access to both the University campus, just a few steps away, and the desirable location of Selly Oak with its shops, bars and vibrant community spirit. We recognise that this area is increasingly attracting student residents and this important development will support the demand for University accommodation among our first-years as we continue to invest in high quality student accommodation provision to meet the diverse needs of all our students.
Izzie Nicholds, Officer for Housing and Communities at the Guild of Students said: “Accommodation is such a huge part of the student experience and this new build will provide an enviable new home to first-year students at the University.”