Balfour Beatty awarded £85m student accommodation scheme

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Balfour Beatty has been chosen by Urbanest to deliver the Vine Street development; a new £85m mixed-use student accommodation scheme in London

Occupying the entire site is a two level basement containing the exposed remains of the Roman city wall and bastion, which will house a gallery enabling the public and building users to view the monument, in addition to a café.

The Vine Street development is expected to employ over 250 people including 10 apprenticeships and five graduates.

The scheme will deliver 654 student bed spaces across a 14 storey building that fronts onto Vine Street; a six storey student accommodation building adjacent to Crosswall; a 12 storey student accommodation building that fronts onto Crutched Friars; in addition to a 12 storey office building situated to the north of the scheme on India Street.

The ground floor of the Vine Street development will accommodate the student and office reception, utilities, loading bay, substation, and incubator space for entrepreneurial start-ups.

Dean Banks, Chief Executive Officer of Balfour Beatty’s UK Construction Services business, said: “Balfour Beatty has a longstanding relationship with Urbanest having together delivered high quality student accommodation across London throughout the last decade.

“Our selection for the Vine Street development is testament to Balfour Beatty’s ability to operate in a confined city centre location to transform an historic site into one of the most exciting mixed-use student housing projects in London.”

Following a pre-construction services agreement, which commenced in October 2017, full works are planned to start this year with completion expected in 2021.

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