University 'Big Build' moves up a gear as new student halls get underway

25 February 2019

The transformation of the University of Brighton’s largest campus has entered a new phase with the start of work on the site of five new student accommodation blocks that will transform a stretch of the city’s busy Lewes Road.

The five new towers at the Moulsecoomb campus, ranging in height from 8 to 18 floors, will provide over 800 affordable student bedrooms and space at ground level for new Students’ Union and fitness facilities. The visually striking development is being built on the site of the university’s Mithras House car park and is due to be ready for students starting courses from September 2021.

University of Brighton Vice-Chancellor, Professor Debra Humphris said: "This is a huge milestone as work begins on the next stage of the university’s biggest ever capital development programme. The new student accommodation and other facilities that form part of the Big Build will transform our biggest campus. But just as importantly, along with the commercial development of the neighbouring Preston Barracks site they will also transform the whole local area for the benefit of all who live, work and study there."

Development partner Uliving is taking on the financing, development and management of the new student facilities with a 50-year operating term. Its investment partner is John Laing and Aviva Investors’ Lime Property Fund is providing long-term development finance through an income strip deal. The development will be delivered by construction company Bouygues UK, and Bouygues Energies and Services will be in charge of facilities management. Axel Boutrolle, Uliving’s CEO, said: "We are excited to be working with the University of Brighton to bring its ambitions to life. The Moulsecoomb campus will boost the availability of modern, high-quality, purpose built student accommodation in this vibrant city, freeing up homes for local families".

The campus transformation started last September when work got underway on a new multi-storey car park that will replace all existing surface parking at the campus. The new car park is now well underway and will open at the end of May this year.

Land freed up by the multi-storey car park is being used for the new student facilities and a new academic building that will provide a state-of-the-art home for the university's Business School. A new pedestrian bridge across the busy Lewes Road will link both sides of the campus, with improved walking routes through the campus, new green spaces and extensive landscaping.

With no planned increase in student numbers the new student accommodation will reduce pressure on local housing whilst students taking up rooms will not be allowed to bring cars to the campus.

The entire campus development is being built to the highest environmental standards with an emphasis on sustainability and will incorporate over 300 native species trees across the campus.

Student accommodation

Big Build gets underway

25 September 2018

Work on the three-year transformation of the University of Brighton’s largest campus is now officially underway.

Contractors have started work preparing the site for the construction of a new multi-storey car park that will replace existing surface parking at the campus, freeing up land for the rest of the transformation.

The new multi-storey car park is expected to be completed by May 2019 and will be the first element of a programme that includes a new Business School building, student accommodation and a new pedestrian bridge linking both sides of the campus.

Commenting on the start of work, Sue McHugh, Director of Campus Development said: "The modernisation of our Moulsecoomb campus alongside the development on the adjacent Preston Barracks site will totally transform the area. It will provide a better experience for our students, reduce pressure on local housing and bring additional amenities into the local area.

"We will be working hard to minimise disruption to current students, staff and local residents whilst the works are underway and using the build programme as a 'living classroom' for projects, placements and other learning opportunities."

The transformation programme was named The Big Build by current students at the campus.

 

Green campus visualisation

Brighton campus development shortlisted for major award

13 April 2018

The project that will transform the University of Brighton’s Moulsecoomb campus over the next three years has made the shortlist for the prestigious Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awards (THELMAs).

The project has been shortlisted in the Outstanding Estates Strategy category which showcases major achievements in estates and facilities management across all of the UK’s Higher Education sector.

The Moulsecoomb Campus Development programme, which gets underway this month, will deliver:

  • 800 student bedrooms in five new halls of residence
  • A new academic building that will house Brighton Business School and provide modern and flexible teaching and social spaces
  • New Students' Union and fitness facilities
  • A new multi-storey car park
  • A new pedestrian bridge linking both sides of the campus across the busy Lewes Road

The campus development is part of a wider £300 million masterplan that also includes the adjacent Preston Barracks site which has been derelict for over forty years. The overall masterplan, conceived through a partnership between developers U+I, Brighton and Hove City Council and the University of Brighton, was recently shortlisted for Planning magazine’s Planning Permission of the Year Award.

Welcoming the shortlisting announcement, Sue McHugh, Director of Campus Development at the University said: “This is fantastic recognition for what has been an outstanding team effort by all concerned. It has taken many years of hard work to get us to this point. Over the next three years the development of our Moulsecoomb campus and adjoining Preston Barracks will transform the local area bringing significant benefits to the City, local community, students and staff. It will help to take pressure off local housing, provide increased opportunities for local companies to work in partnership with the University and improve amenities in the area for the benefit of all."

Times Higher Education editor, John Gill said: “The THELMAs are unique in shining a deserved spotlight on often unsung heroes from across the professional services and administration of our world-leading universities and it’s an honour for Times Higher Education to organise an event celebrating their achievements. This year’s shortlist – once again featuring almost half of all UK institutions – shows that talent and dedication continue to abound, as well as the determination to find creative solutions to problems as and when they occur."

TME Awards 2018 Shortlisted