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Experts in design, planning, funding and development

Our UPL team is the driver of project origination and development for our Group. It negotiates and procures design, technical engineering and construction services, and has broad experience working with specialist architectural practices.

The team takes a bespoke approach to commercial and legal negotiations, recognising the unique nature of each institution. It manages the planning process in addition to providing partners with in-house asset finance expertise, providing access to the most cost-effective rates of funding.

In construction, UPL is responsible for putting robust security packages, with detailed liquidated and ascertained damages regimes, in place with a top-tier contractors. The team works with UML and URSL colleagues to ensure practical completion is delivered to programme, with a seamless handover to our operational teams.


Experts in long-term asset management and partnerships

Our UML team is our asset management Company. It is responsible for managing the interests of our Project Companies and for holding the key day-to-day relationships with our university partners.

The team ensures that new developments are delivered on time and that they operate as effectively as possible. Also, that our accommodation remains attractive to students and that we provide an excellent student experience.

UML includes highly-experienced commercial and higher education experts with expertise in maximising occupancy, developing long-term rental strategies and student experience initiatives.


Experts in delivering high-quality facilities management services to universities

Our URSL team delivers a full range of facilities management services – including cleaning and reactive maintenance, annual sinking fund works and student experience initiatives.

It delivers against tailored service level agreements and offers the opportunity to reduce and fix the cost-base for the delivery of services across the entire university estate, while providing the ability to ring-fence future employee costs.

With well over a decade of experience in delivering specialist services in the UK higher education sector, our URSL team has a proven track record in delivering step-changes in the quality of services, while transferring delivery risk away from university partners – based on payment mechanism for both availability and performance.

In addition, our URSL team manages the operational mobilisation of a project, ensuring all services are in place and available for the beginning of an academic term.

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