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Four studying papers for Aston University accommodation block

Four firms are in the hunt for the £50 million second phase of Aston University’s £215m Student Village project.

Balfour Beatty and Bam Construction are both believed to have made the shortlist for the job, which will see the construction of two blocks of student accommodation to the west of the university’s campus in the centre of Birmingham.

Interserve and Morgan Sindall are the other firms thought to be working on bids due for submission in early September.

The construction of phase two is expected to begin in July 2011 with completion anticipated in July 2013.

Before work can begin, existing residential towers from the 1960s must be demolished and the site remediated. This work is due to be completed by June 2011 to make way for the main contractor.

The project will create a further 1,100 en suite rooms in addition to the 1,300 units built on the south side of the campus during phase one of the university’s project. This is being carried out under a £57m contract won by Carillion.

All of the major structures for phase one - including two residential blocks, an all-weather sports pitch and a 240-space car park - are now complete, with just final completion of the roofs and external façades in progress. This phase of the project is due to be handed over next month.