UPP reaches construction milestone on University of Hull scheme

Phase One of the new Westfield Court student accommodation at the University of Hull, being delivered by UPP – the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure – has reached completion, with residents set to move in on 15 September 2018.

Construction on the project, previously known as the West Campus Residence Project, commenced in May 2017 with rooms comprising Phases Two and Three set to become operational in January 2019 and August 2019, respectively.

Upon completion of the three phases, the 9-block development will feature 1,462 brand new single rooms and one-bedroom apartments. Alongside this development, an urban green and avenue will offer a range of facilities including a café, laundry facilities and formal and informal outdoor areas. UPP has also assumed the operation of the existing 288 rooms at the University’s Taylor Court residences.

The construction value of the project is £97 million, while the overall deal is worth £155 million – boosting UPP’s portfolio with over 37,000 rooms in operation, under construction or at preferred bidder stage through long-term partnerships with 16 leading universities.

The construction of the scheme forms part of the University’s long-term strategy and £200 million investment programme, as part of its commitment to provide an outstanding experience for its students, including new and refurbished buildings, IT infrastructure and student services.

Sean O’Shea, Group Chief Executive Officer at UPP said: “Completion of Phase One is an important chapter in our partnership with the Univerity, which will enable more students to live on campus in high-quality, managed and secure accommodation at the heart of this fantastic institution. The wider scheme supports the University’s ambitious plans and has a positive impact on the wider community.”

Trudi Vout, Director of Campus and Accommodation, said: “We are delighted to be welcoming our first students to this superb development. Students increasingly want premium, high-quality accommodation. This development ensures that we are able to meet those needs, as well as increase the number of students who can live on-campus, in high-quality, managed and secure accommodation.”