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GB to build fourth BREEAM 'Outstanding' student scheme

14 Sep 12 GB Building Solutions has been contracted by Manchester Metropolitan University to design and build a new £28m student accommodation scheme on its new Birley Fields campus in Hulme.

Work is due to start on site in January 2013. 

This will be GB's fourth university scheme in the past two years, all to BREEAM 'Outstanding' category. One of GB's other schemes, The Green in Bradford, was proclaimed the highest BREEAM rated building in the world on its completion in August 2011.

GB Building Solutions is now working on the design of the new Manchester Metropolitan University development and in the process of obtaining planning permission. It will provide student bedrooms across 77 townhouses and 34 cluster flats. 

As part of the University’s Zero Carbon, Zero Water and Zero Waste campaign, the student accommodation will use a district heating system, with a new energy centre installed as part of the wider campus development scheme. All bedrooms will have a grey water system to meet 100% of the flushing demand. In addition GB and the university have set targets to recycle 98% of waste generated during construction.

GB Group chairman and chief executive Martin Smout said:  “There is a real drive amongst universities to lead the way in terms of sustainable developments and sustainable living for the students who live there. GB's experience of building BREEAM rated developments means that we have the experience to help Manchester Metropolitan achieve their goals for Zero Carbon, Zero Water and Zero Waste whilst also providing high quality accommodation for their students."

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