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Kier wins £53m University of Northampton student accommodation project

Kier has been named preferred bidder on a £53.5m student accommodation scheme at the University of Northampton.

The development will deliver 1,166 student bedrooms in a mix of four-storey townhouses and five-storey apartment blocks. It will also feature a 32-bed teaching hotel, as well as commercial and ancillary space.

The scheme, which is due for completion in 2017, is part of Northampton University’s £330m Waterside campus development.

This contract is the latest Kier has undertaken for the university. The contractor has previously worked on its £7.2m Innovation Centre and the £17.6m St John’s halls of residence scheme, which delivered 468 student bedrooms.

Kier is also building more than 700 student bedrooms on schemes across the UK including in Durham, Aberdeen and Plymouth.

Managing director Mark Dady said: “Being awarded this scheme is testament to the relationship we’ve built with the university over the past few years and we’re pleased to see this continue.

“We have a strong presence in Northampton and we’re looking forward to delivering another important scheme in the area. Kier has extensive experience in providing student accommodation across the country and this project gives us the opportunity to further enhance that.”

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