Sector: Education, Higher Education, Student Accommodation
Project profile: Design, Build, Finance and Operation of 500 student bedrooms and associated supporting facilities, across two phases.
Now operational, phase one provides 295 bedrooms, sixteen studios rooms, thirty-six townhouses over four separate buildings, including social and leisure buildings and a car park development on the Barbican Way cap park site, Gloucester.
Phase two will provide a further 198 beds for 2019.
Customer: University of Gloucestershire and Hartpury University
Value: Phase One £17million, Phase Two £22.3 million
Stage: Operational from August 2018, Phase two – Planning approved, anticipated to commence construction in summer 2019
Location: Barbican Way, Gloucester
Funder: Aviva Investors
Tenant: University of Gloucestershire and Hartpury University
Legal Advisor: Brabners LLP
Architect: Faulkner Browns Architects
Contractor: Vinci Construction UK Limited
Employers Agent: Thomas & Adamson
Planning Consultant: Geraint John Planning
The University of Gloucestershire appointed Cityheart as their preferred Strategic Development Partner to provide 500 student bedrooms in Gloucester City Centre in two phases. Cityheart successfully secured the phase one planning consent in December 2016 to deliver an initial 295 bedrooms. The accommodation provides a mix of townhouses, cluster flats and studio bedrooms across four blocks, together with ancillary supporting areas. The general public have access through the site via a pedestrianised street that links Barbican Way to Ladybellgate Street. A newly laid out car park with entrance from Barbican Way provides the Council with a total of 93 additional spaces.
Construction works for phase one commenced in May 2017. The following year in August 2018 Cityheart opened the doors to the first intake of students. Cityheart’s operational team now market, manage and maintain the residences for both Gloucestershire and Hartpury Universities.
This completed accommodation supports the University of Gloucestershire’s relocation of their Business School from their Cheltenham campus to the Oxstalls Campus in Gloucester. This move transferred existing students and staff to the Gloucester campus, as well as accommodating the future increase in student numbers as the University expands the Business School. In addition Cityheart also accommodates for a proportion of Hartpury University’s students in this phase one development.
Phase two of the development will provide an additional 198 bedrooms in two blocks, together with a re-provision of under croft car parking. Planning was granted for phase two in December 2018 and is forecast to commence construction works during 2020.