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Bouygues wins £175m contract to improve Hatfield campus

27 Jul 12 The University of Hertfordshire has named Bouygues joint venture Uliving as its preferred development partner to build student accommodation on campus.

Uliving is made up of Bouygues Development and not-for-profit accommodation operator, Derwent Living.

Uliving will take over management of the existing 502 residences on the College Lane campus in Hatfield and build a further 2,511 rooms.

The campus upgrade will also provide new sports pitches, a campus gym, informal learning and social spaces and a new dedicated bus route. 

The £175m scheme will be delivered in three phases. The first phase is set to start in May 2013 and complete in September 2014, in time for the new academic year. The second phase completes in September 2015, and the third in September 2016, so that for each phase the bulk of the work takes place during the students’ long summer vacation.

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Bouygues Development managing director Stephane Slama-Royer, who is also managing director of Uliving, said: “This is a remarkable achievement for Uliving and we are really proud to be a part of such a transformational scheme. As student accommodation developers and managers we recognise that the quality of student accommodation has a huge influence on the student experience and that the provision of exceptional living environments is central to the success of these communities.”

Derwent FM managing director Martin Corbett, who is director of residential services at Uliving, added: “We are delighted that Uliving has been selected as preferred bidder. We have an excellent track record in listening and providing what students want and delivering exceptional standards of service to our student communities across the country.  We look forward to working with the University of Hertfordshire and the student union to deliver an exceptional student experience as part of this long term partnership.”

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