York student block tops out in just 26 days using MMC

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Graham has completed one of the first new student blocks at the University of York in just 26 days, using Modern Methods of Construction (MMC)

Graham has topped out one of the first blocks at the University of York’s 1,480-bed student accommodation project in the space of 26 days.

Using MMC, Graham erected a superstructure comprising 292 panels weighing a total of 1,600 tonnes, 100 windows, 63 bathroom pods and was inclusive of all stairs, service risers, lift cores, and wire ways.

The student accommodation forms a key part of the University of York’s transformative ‘Campus Masterplan’ framework that has been designed to meet the needs of its expanding global student body.

Graham is also an investor in the project as part of a consortium with Equitix, a fund manager of core infrastructure assets.

‘Exciting & sustainable’

Neil McFarlane, strategic projects director at Graham: “Topping out the first block at the University of York is a significant step forward.

“By embracing modern methods of construction and offsite assembly, we have been able to deliver at pace and to the highest quality.”

“Once completed, the campus will offer students an exceptional level of quality accommodation onsite and reduce reliance on city centre accommodation and housing.

“The designs are exciting, sustainable, and will enhance the student experience at the University.”

Stephen Talboys, director of estates and campus services at the University of York, added: “In these challenging times it is really encouraging to reach a milestone like this.

“The University of York remains committed to increasing its provision of quality accommodation for more of its students on campus and this is a positive step to making that happen.”

Construction for the project, which has been designed by architects Sheppard Robson, will be completed for the 2022 academic year.

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