ENGIE has secured over £200m in contracts for state-of-the-art student accommodation and regeneration scheme with Freemens Common Village LLP, for the University of Leicester
ENGIE will oversee the delivery of 1,164 new student accommodation across seven blocks, the refurbishment of a grade II listed building (to be used as office and study space), the construction of a 500-space multi-storey carpark and the creation of a new 9,000 m2 teaching and learning centre.
This will be followed by a 50-year hard facilities management contract, which will support the day-to-day lives of the students by providing technical services, estates management and external cleaning for the new residences, as well enabling high-speed Wi-Fi and IT services to ensure the best experience for occupants.
ENGIE will also deliver lifecycle management to the residences, which incorporates infrastructure replacement right through to internal components.
A key element in the design of the new student accommodation facilities is energy efficiency. The overall scheme will incorporate a number of renewable and energy-saving technologies including solar panels, highly efficient centralised gas fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and LED lighting will be installed.
Martin Smithurst, divisional chief operating officer for ENGIE’s places & communities division (North), said: “This is a prime project for ENGIE, as it’s one of the few occasions where we get to showcase our broad capabilities in placemaking.
“These contracts not only allow us to demonstrate our expertise across energy, services and regeneration; but provide us with the opportunity to apply our long-term investment model, by taking an equity stake in the scheme. This assures our partners and students of our long-term commitment to Leicester and its university.
“We have delivered several similar higher education projects across the country and we’re delighted to be working with the University of Leicester, as well as Equitix, on such a remarkable scheme that will create a lasting legacy in Leicester.”
Jake Fellows, major projects director and project lead at ENGIE, added: “Working collaboratively with the University, Equitix and the wider stakeholder group, including funders and the City Council, we have been able to effectively design and mobilise this extremely exciting project.
“This development will deliver a significant regeneration of the Freemens Common site, providing market-leading accommodation for the University to support their recruitment strategy, as well as demonstrating the capability and experience of our team and supply chain to respond to complex projects of this nature.”
Martyn Riddleston, chief financial officer for University of Leicester, said: “The Freemen’s Common development is an exciting and important project for the University that will enable us to continue to deliver the best experience for our students. We are delighted to be working with ENGIE and Equitix to deliver the project.”
Building work is likely to commence on the student accommodation in September 2019 and will take three years to complete.