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Kier helps Leicester Uni with development plans

11 Oct 17 The University of Leicester has chosen Kier and Equitix to work with it on plans for a major redevelopment project.

One of the concept options for the Freemen’s Common site
One of the concept options for the Freemen’s Common site

Kier will build new purpose-built student halls as well as teaching blocks and a multi-storey car park on the Freemen’s Common site next to the university’s central campus. Equitix’s expertise is raising capital.

University of Leicester estates director Brita Sreadsaid: “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.”

Kier Construction regional managing  director Mark Pausey said: “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 starts in November 2017 next month, with a planning submission expected before the end of the year. Subject to planning, construction could start in early summer 2018.

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