Offsite manufactured modules craned into place at First Way Campus

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The first of 438 offsite manufactured modules have been lifted into place at First Way Campus, the 678-bedroom student accommodation scheme

Work started on the 1.6 acre First Way Campus site in September 2018 and the £54m scheme build, which will provide accommodation for University College of Football Business (UCFB) and UNITE student living, is due for completion in July 2020. The development, undertaken by Cole Waterhouse, will also include 4 floors of flexible office space and a new teaching campus for UCFB.

The offsite manufactured modules, which make up the bedrooms, kitchens and corridors of the residential areas of the project, will continue to be lifted into place at a rate of six per day with the last modules being installed by January 2020. A 500-tonne mobile crane is being used from three different positions to lift the modules into place.

The offsite manufactured modules have been built over the last twelve months by Caledonian at their factory in Newark, Nottingham.

Matthew Cruttenden, regional director of Bowmer + Kirkland who are building First Way Campus on behalf of developer Cole Waterhouse, said: “The installation of the first module follows a huge effort by the entire project team and is a real milestone and one which puts us firmly on target to deliver this exciting and modern facility for the UCFB and Unite students.”

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Damian Flood, CEO of Cole Waterhouse, added: “The modular design enables us to ensure swift installation and with offsite manufacture there is a reduction in snagging and a greater overall finish quality.

“Adhering to the term time completion date for First Way Campus is crucial and this route further reduces the risk of any delays.”

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