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GB passes student housing target with £55m contracts haul

24 Oct 14 GB Building Solutions has taken another three contracts in the student housing market, with a collective value of more than £55m.

The Blandford Square project in Newcastle
The Blandford Square project in Newcastle

The projects in London and Newcastle, now under way, take the contract past the targets that it has set itself for the year in the sector.

GB Group student accommodation specialist Dan Spencer said: “Student housing has been one of the best performing property sectors during the recession and, as an experienced contractor we set ourselves ambitious targets for the year.  These latest contracts have been negotiated and planned with the developers’ design teams to ensure best value and the highest quality and environmental standards in the tight time scales available. We’re delighted to be working with both public and private sector clients to deliver attractive and commercially viable student housing that will make a valuable contribution to the communities in which they are built.”

In London, GB Building Solutions is delivering a project for The Collective, a property company specialising in student accommodation in central London. The £36m Old Oak Common mixed-use scheme in Ealing will accommodate 551 students. There is also 4,000m2 of office units, retail and community spaces. The design team includes PLP Architecture and WCEC Architects.

Also in London, work has begun for a private developer on the £5.5m Kingston Plaza project (pictured below), a five-storey development of 131 student rooms close to Kingston University.

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In Newcastle, GB Building Solutions is on site at Nixon Homes’ £14m 371-bed student housing scheme, next to the Discovery Museum in Blandford Square. The design team here, assembled by GB, includes DAY Architecture and Dudleys Consulting Engineers.

All projects are due for occupation in the 2015 academic year.

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