£130m accommodation proposals for University of Hull submitted by partners UPP

UPP is delighted to announce that plans for a new £130-million student accommodation scheme at the University of Hull have been submitted.

The West Campus Residences development will provide students with a mix of high-quality room-types and facilities to meet a growing demand for affordable on-campus accommodation and provide a greater choice of accommodation types to suit all budgets for both new and returning students.

UPP will raise the required investment and handle the design, construction and operation of the project as part of the long-term partnership with the University of Hull.

The proposals feature a range of single rooms and one bedroom apartments for a further 1,462 students. They will comprise nine blocks, within the scale and context of the campus and neighbouring buildings. Alongside the accommodation, an urban green and avenue will offer facilities on their doorstep, including a café, convenience store, laundry facilities and formal and informal outdoor areas.

The planning application was submitted to Hull City Council following in-depth consultation with the local community, students and staff.

The development is the next wave of investment across the campus to provide an exceptional environment for students.

Professor Glenn Burgess, acting Vice-Chancellor at the University of Hull, said: “Students increasingly want modern, high-quality accommodation. This development ensures that we are able to meet these needs, as well as increase the number of students who can live on campus, in managed, secure and sustainable accommodation.”

The proposals have evolved through consultation with the local community, residents, staff and students. In response to these consultations, a leading architect, tp bennett, has created high-quality designs that seek to respect and reflect the local character of the existing buildings on campus.

Sean O’Shea, Group Chief Executive Officer at UPP commented: “We are delighted to have supported the University of Hull’s plans to develop the West Campus Residences Project. We are firmly invested in our partnership with the University and will work together and contribute positively to the student experience. The submission of the planning application is another step forward in this close relationship and we are excited to now take these plans forward into the next phase.”

The project is one of several significant investments being undertaken at the University, including The Courtyard, a £30-million accommodation development for 562 students on the north side of the campus, completed last week.

Other major projects include:

  • The £28-million Brynmor Jones Library development
  • The £9.5-million redevelopment of Middleton Hall that has created a world-class concert hall and cinema
  • A £28-million Health Campus currently under construction
  • Around £15-million being invested in sports facilities
  • A £7-million refurbishment of dining and conferencing facilities on campus