Uliving, the consortium made up of Bouygues Development, Derwent FM’s parent company, not-for-profit accommodation operator Derwent Living, and investment company Equitix has taken on The Meadows – a 648 unit new-build development at the university, which accommodates 228 people in 12-bed town houses along with a further 420 en-suite study bedrooms in clusters.
The facility will be managed by Derwent FM’s student accommodation division, Derwent Students, which will take on accommodation management, tenancy management, security, cleaning, helpdesk, maintenance and full life-cycle responsibilities.
The scheme is part of the University’s commitment to providing high quality on-campus accommodation, which also includes a pavilion with student common room, launderette and a ‘grab-and-go’ retail facility.
Derwent Students, already provides facilities management and student services for 767 existing student units at the university’s Quays facility, so this second contract takes the firm’s total portfolio to 1,430 beds at the site.
Martin Corbett, managing director of Derwent FM and director of residential services of Uliving, said:
“We are very much looking forward to managing this next phase, which provides an outstanding living environment at the University. Accommodation plays a pivotal role in the whole student experience and our aim is to ensure that we enhance this.”
University Registrar, Bryn Morris, said:
“The Meadows is a superb example of what the University of Essex can achieve through partnership. This high-quality accommodation has been delivered on time and adds another dimension to our provision for students at our Colchester Campus.”