Bouygues Construction has been awarded a £117m contract to develop student accommodation at Hertfordshire University.
Work delivered by Bouygues UK will involve the design and build of 23 buildings providing 3,000 student bedrooms, social spaces and a campus gym at the university.
The £117m contract has been won by the Uliving consortium, which comprises Bouygues Development and Derwent Living, a group specialising in housing and facilities management services.
Uliving was appointed as preferred development partner for the project last July. The scheme covers the financing, design and build of the accommodation and operation of the site for 50 years.
Bouygues Development and Bouygues UK chairman Madani Sow said: “We are proud to be a partner of the University of Hertfordshire on this operation, which strengthens our leadership position on the student accommodation market, with 5,000 rooms currently under construction.”
University of Hertfordshire vice-chancellor Professor Quintin McKellar added: “This is pioneering and commensurate with the values of the UK’s leading business-facing university.
“We attribute the success of this project to our partners Uliving and to our estates team for providing us with a way to further invest in our students so that we can continue to enhance their lives on campus.”
The campus will be one of the most advanced in the UK in terms of sustainability.
Bouygues said the timber-frame buildings will be equipped with their own energy-production infrastructure based on a power and heat co-generation system and will achieve zero-carbon accreditation as well as meet BREEAM Outstanding requirements.
Work will take a total of three years with the site remaining in full operation throughout the construction period.