Freemen's Common appointment

Posted by pt91 at Oct 17, 2017 01:36 PM |
Equitix and Kier selected to deliver major scheme at the University of Leicester

Issued by University of Leicester on 10 October 2017

The University of Leicester has named its preferred bidder to deliver a major redevelopment project at the heart of its estate.

Equitix and Kier will work alongside the University to deliver the scheme at Freemen’s Common, which sits adjacent to the University’s central campus. The project will provide new and improved purpose-built student residences, a flexible new academic space and a multi-storey car park.

This development forms a key part of the University’s wider estates transformation programme, which is a ten year vision to invest in teaching and research facilities, student accommodation and the public spaces around the University.

The redevelopment at Freemen’s Common will enhance the facilities and experience on offer to students. Importantly, the scheme will protect the historic Freemen’s Cottages and will look to create new and improved landscaped areas, pedestrian and cycling routes.

Brita Sread, Director of Estates and Campus Services at the University of Leicester, commented:

“We are delighted to bring Equitix and Kier into the team to deliver this exciting project. They impressed us with their strong track record and their innovative initial designs for this site.

“The existing student residences at Freemen’s Common are coming to the end of their life, which presented an ideal opportunity for us to look at this area as a whole and how it could be redeveloped to provide a better range of accommodation. This project is a key part of our wider programme to transform our estate to provide the high-quality facilities needed to support the continued delivery of world-class academic activity and an excellent student experience.”

Nick Parker, Chief Operating Officer of Equitix, said:

"We are delighted to be partnering with Kier on the regeneration of the University of Leicester’s central student campus. Equitix is a committed long-term investor in UK core infrastructure and, by supporting this project, we will be a key stakeholder in the transformation of the campus for many years, helping to enable the next generations of students to learn in a modern and first class environment.”

Mark Pausey, Kier Construction Central Managing Director added:

“We are delighted to have been appointed preferred bidder to deliver new facilities for the University of Leicester. We have a strong track record in providing student accommodation and educational facilities and look forward to continuing work with Equitix and the University on this scheme.”

Pre-application consultation on the scheme will commence next month, with a planning submission expected before the end of the year. Subject to planning, construction would start in early summer 2018.

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