Sector: Education, Higher Education, Student Accommodation
Project profile: Design, build, finance and operation of 602 student rooms across seven buildings, including social and leisure buildings in Bangor, North Wales.
Customer: Bangor University
Value: £39 million
Stage: Completed August 2015
Location: Gwynedd, Wales
Funder: M&G Investments
Tenant: University of Bangor
Legal Advisor: Brabners LLP
Architect: Faulkner Browns Architects
Contractor: Vinci Construction Limited
Employers Agent: Spring & Company Limited
Structural: Tier Consulting
Planning Consultant: Geraint John Planning
Cityheart have completed the delivery of this scheme to include 602 student rooms across seven buildings, including hub and support buildings in Bangor, North Wales. The scheme included a mix of 51 studio apartments, 125 townhouses beds, 421 cluster flat beds, a family house, leisure facilities, performing arts space, kitchens, reception, nursery, and ‘MUGA’ pitch.
Our role included funding, detailed design, construction and operation of the 602 bed student village with attendant café, laundry, sports facilities and a transport hub. As part of the design, we retained two buildings of historic note, the 1906 and Quad buildings.
The University had set a challenging delivery programme, and key to this was fast tracking the planning process in partnership with the University. This proved successful and a full consent was granted in twelve weeks.
Each of the schemes were required to meet BREEAM ‘Excellent’ for the New Build and ‘Very Good’ for the existing. Other features are a centralised CHP district heating plant, low energy lighting throughout, good levels of natural daylight and ventilation. All of these features have bridged a large gap in supporting the University’s five year Carbon reduction plan targets.
The key to the successful delivery of the project was a team spirit of partnering between the University, developer and the contractor. As times, one would not have known who was working for who, such was the desire to deliver the project on time and to budget, a goal successfully achieved.
Dr Dewi Williams, of the University of Bangor said “When we had challenges such as the inability of the Utilities to connect electricity to the site during one critical point in the construction phase. When we all sat round the table to resolve the issue you wouldn’t have known who was the client, or indeed who was working for who, as everyone was so focused on resolving and overcoming the problem.”