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Ocon starts on site at £3.4m student scheme in London

5 Nov 10 Ocon Construction has been appointed as main contractor by BHE Property Developments Ltd on a £3.4 million student accommodation scheme in London.

The new development started on site in mid October and will complete by September 2011.  Located on Fulham Palace Road, one of the main arterial routes into London, the scheme comprises 74 studio units on three floors and three retail units at ground floor level. Architects Pascal & Watson were appointed by Ocon to develop the design. 

Comments managing director of Ocon, Andrew Barker: “Ocon has built its reputation as a university accommodation specialist and this latest contract win follows completion of three student living schemes over the past couple of months in Dundee, Exeter and Loughborough.  We are also currently on site at major student living schemes in Sussex and Nottingham.  Our expertise in handing over on time, within budget and with zero defects means that developers can trust us to deliver to the exacting programmes dictated by the academic calendar whilst providing the build-quality and service excellence that has made us a leader in the sector.” 

The brownfield site for the scheme was previously occupied by a filling station but has been derelict for some time and remediation works have already been completed.  The four storey scheme will be a steel frame at ground floor level with a timber frame construction for the remaining three storeys and masonry and render cladding across the building to remain in-keeping with surrounding properties.  Ocon intend to use pre-fabricated bathroom pods to ensure quality, consistency and speed of construction. 

Comments Rory Gleeson Director of BHE Property Developments Ltd: “Ocon’s track record in the student accommodation sector makes them the ideal contractor for this scheme and we look forward to seeing the development take shape.  We already have pre lets in place for the retail units and a scheme of this calibre in this location is certain to be in demand with students.” 

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