University announces Preferred Bidder for Pittville regeneration project

July 29th 2014

The University of Gloucestershire has announced that Uliving is the preferred bidder and development partner for the student village project on the University’s Pittville campus in Cheltenham.

The Pittville Campus was closed as a teaching facility in 2011. The student residences on the site have continued to house over 200 students. The proposed development will include the refurbishment of the existing residences as well as an additional set of town houses and communal flats, together with catering and social facilities for students.

The preferred bidder Uliving is a partnership specifically set up to support universities with accommodation projects. They are the fifth-largest student accommodation provider in the UK and recent projects include Hertfordshire and Essex universities. The Uliving@Gloucestershire consortium is made up of major developer Bouygues Development, housing provider Derwent Living and infrastructure projects investor Equitix.

Vice-Chancellor Stephen Marston said: “The University of Gloucestershire is committed to providing excellent accommodation for our students. It is an important component of the wider experience we want to offer our students. This new student village at Pittville will transform the quality and range of accommodation we can offer, giving more of our students the benefit of living in a great location, able to enjoy all of the facilities for which Cheltenham is renowned. It will mean all of our first year students will have the opportunity to live in accommodation which is owned or managed by the University. The Pittville development will also be significant for the community, addressing a long-overdue need to redevelop and up-date the site. We are committed to working closely with local residents, the Borough Council and the community to ensure they are consulted and involved as we work through to the creation of our new student village. We want it to be an open, attractive and welcoming environment which is a pleasure to live in and to visit.

“This exciting development is part of the University’s wider estates strategy with a commitment to providing the very best student experience. A key element in the University’s decision making process was the selection of a partner with an excellent track record in developing high quality and well-managed student accommodation. We are very pleased to have found an excellent partner in Uliving.”

Uliving’s Managing Director, Nicolas Guerin, comments: “We are delighted to be the partner of choice for the University of Gloucestershire in the development of a high quality student housing accommodation at the Pittville Campus. Uliving put students first as they are the focus of everything we do. Our service will fit seamlessly into the wider University experience, and we will work with University colleagues, local residents and other stakeholders to ensure we match those aspirations. This success is fantastic news that continues to enhance Uliving’s profile in the UK.”

A period of public consultation on the plans for the development will be announced in the near future.

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Tags: Bouygues Development, Nicolas Guerin, Pitville Campus, Student Accommodation, Uliving, University of Gloucestershire