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A ground-breaking ceremony has been held to mark the start of construction on the University of Sussex student village development with the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Pete West, and Maureen Chowen and the High Sheriff of East Sussex in attendance.

They joined Balfour Beatty and The University of Sussex at the new development, which will see a new living space comprising of 2,000 new bedrooms replace the existing 600 bed facility on the University’s campus. The £197M development will include a mix of town houses and flats containing communal areas such as kitchens, common rooms and laundry space. The village will also include social hubs and a new student union facility.

Last month saw Balfour Beatty reach Financial Close on the project following their appointment as preferred bidder in January 2015. David Swarbrick, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Investments, said: “This event marks the start of construction of the East Slope Residences project and a significant milestone in our partnership with the University. We look forward to seeing the transformation of the East Slope site and to welcoming students to the first phase of additional accommodation, which is expected to be ready for the start of the 2018/19 academic year.”

Professor Davies said: “This is an exciting milestone in our plans to deliver an outstanding university experience for all our students. A key part of this is giving more of our students the opportunity to live on campus in high-quality accommodation, and providing a fantastic, purpose-built new home for our Students’ Union. It’s great to see this work get under way.”

The first phase will be ready by October 2018, with all work due to be completed by 2020.

Source – UK Construction Online

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