Seddon wins £23m university mixed scheme contract

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Seddon has been awarded a contract to deliver a £23m joint venture with Keele University for new homes and student accommodation

Builder Seddon will deliver a mixed-use scheme with Keele University, it has emerged. The project will see the builder and developer construct new student accommodation, as well as 83 homes for sale.

The first phase will comprise of two new blocks at Barnes hall of residence, which stands in the centre of the 600 acre campus. This will include 453 en-suite bedrooms, which will be spread across the two buildings. Work is set to complete in time for the start of the 2017/18 term.

The former Hawthorns halls located in Keele Village will also be redeveloped, with 83 new homes to be constructed on the site.

Jonathan Seddon, Seddon Construction’s managing director, said: “This major project builds on what has already been a good year for Seddon in the Midlands and, more importantly, on work we have delivered for our long-standing partner, Keele University over many years.

“As a local, family business, it’s important that we spend as much as we can in the surrounding area, so the more materials, labour and sub-contractor packages we can source locally the better.

“Not only is it good common sense, but it’s reinvesting the University’s money into the local community.

“In addition, we’ll be able to continue employing and training lots of people from the region and, as a National Skills Academy, this project will enable us to take on 10 new apprentices from the local area.”

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