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Ocon chosen to build £34m university accommodation

Ocon Construction has been chosen to develop a £34m student accommodation scheme for University of Liverpool.

The firm will develop 710 accommodation units including en-suite bedrooms, apartments and loft apartments for the Vine Court scheme.

The development will also include a restaurant, cafe and retail space and will include sustainable features including air source heat pumps, brown and green roofs and solar thermal heating.

Managing director of Ocon, Andrew Barker said: “This is an extremely prestigious project and will set a new benchmark for student accommodation both in the standard of specification and the emphasis on eco-friendly features”.

The development will vary between five and nine floors and is designed by architects Stride Treglown.

Director of facilities for University of Liverpool, Steve Dickson said: “This scheme will be a flagship student residence for the University and will see the number of student rooms available rising to above the 4,000 mark for the first time. 

“The whole scheme has been designed to hotel standards with a clear focus on environmental sustainability. We needed a specialist contractor to undertake a development of this importance and we selected Ocon for their experience and reputation in the sector.”

The project is due to be completed by June 2012.

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