Watkin Jones and UPP celebrate topping out at University of London scheme

The Watkin Jones Group, one of the UK’s leading construction and development companies, and University Partnerships Programme (UPP), the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure, celebrated the topping out of the University of London’s ‘Eleanor Rosa House’ student residences with a VIP ceremony on 19 September.

As part of the University’s ‘Leading Women’ campaign, the accommodation is named after Eleanor Grove, the first principal of the “College Hall of Residence for Women Students in London”, and Rosa Morison, an educationalist and supporter of women’s suffrage and participation in local government.

Constructed by Watkin Jones and forward-funded by UPP, the scheme in Stratford, East London will provide a mixed-use, 33-storey landmark building delivering over 18,000m2 of new student accommodation. On completion, UPP will operate all 511 study bedrooms and associated communal space.

Close to national and international rail links, Eleanor Rosa House responds to the growing demand from students for high-quality and competitively-priced accommodation in the Capital.

Mark Watkin Jones, Group Chief Executive of Watkin Jones said: ”We are delighted with our progress on this development and alongside our delivery partners, UPP and the University of London, we are looking forward to completing the development ahead of the 2019/20 academic year.”

Sean O’Shea, Group Chief Executive Officer of UPP, said: “Topping out marks the latest milestone in the delivery of the scheme, our second project with long-standing partner the University of London, and which stands to provide high-quality, safe, secure and affordable accommodation in the heart of London.”

Commenting at the event, Chris Cobb, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Operations) and Chief Operating Officer of the Unviersity of London, said: “It’s wonderful to celebrate this significant milestone. This landmark development will be an excellent addition to our student accommodation portfolio and I am grateful to all of our partners for the progress to date. We look forward to welcoming students to Eleanor Rosa House for the next academic year.”

Eleanor Rosa House is the result of UPP’s second transaction with the University of London, reinforcing UPP’s bespoke, long-term partnership with the University which is enhancing and increasing the accommodation available to students at the University and its affiliated institutions. The new development follows the successful completion of the flagship Garden Halls scheme located in Cartwright Gardens, Bloomsbury.