Barberry Developments has selected Vinci for phase one of its Bishop Gate student development on the site of the former Royal Mail sorting office in Coventry city centre.
Barberry and Coventry University received planning consent from Coventry City Council for a development providing a total 1,116 student units, across five tower blocks rising up to 17 storeys, to accommodate the university’s growing student population.
The first phase will provide 725 student units in a three-storey brick and sandstone plinth and three residential blocks above.
The development is to be completed in time for the 2018/19 academic year, according to Barberry director Henry Bellfield.
He said: “We are making tremendous progress at Bishop Gate. We have now appointed Vinci Construction UK – a world leader in construction and civil engineering – as contractors to deliver this exciting development. “
He added: “Vinci Construction UK has enormous experience of delivering similar student accommodation schemes, including more than 800 units at Mason halls of residence for the University of Birmingham and 656 high rise student rooms at Bagot street near Aston University.
“We are delighted to be working alongside them and we are confident that together we will deliver a development the university and the city can be proud of. It is going to be a very striking development and a major improvement to the Coventry skyline. It is a high quality scheme that will help improve the image of the city.”
The project is designed by architect Stride Treglown, with student accommodation divisional director Kieran Lilley leading the project. Arcadis is cost consultant, with Hoare Lea as M&E engineer and Nolan Associates as civil & structural engineer.