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Balfour Beatty wins £39m Unite Students scheme

Balfour Beatty has won a £39m student accommodation development for Unite Students in London.

Three main buildings on Holloway Road in Islington will provide 862 new student residences together with commercial space, reception areas, a plant room, common rooms and ancillary space.

The contract includes the demolition of the existing university facilities and student lecture rooms, the construction of an internal landscaped courtyard, amenity space and public realm works. It has been designed to achieve a BREEAM Excellent standard.

Balfour Beatty managing director for London new build Andy Bowler said: “Stapleton House will be our 23rd project for Unite Students.

“Through our use of the latest innovative techniques, such as modular construction and building information modelling, together with our integrated supply chain and proven ability to source local labour and companies, we look forward to delivering this project for our valued customer.”

Unite Students managing director of property Richard Simpson said: “Unite Students has developed a longstanding relationship with Balfour Beatty over the last 14 years to provide high-quality homes for students.

“With more than 350,000 students studying in the capital, there is need for safe, secure and well-managed student accommodation in good locations, providing students with a home that supports their success.”

Construction starts in September 2014 with completion in July 2016.

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