Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) has appointed Morgan Sindall Construction via SCF to build 300 student accommodation bedrooms at its Wallisdown campus.
The £24 million development, set in three blocks across three and four storeys, complements the campus’s ambitious design, featuring eight-bed clusters with communal kitchen and dining areas centred around a landscaped courtyard.
Healthy and sustainable living
The accommodation will provide a much sought-after and enhanced standard of living, promoting healthier, happier students. Targeting the BREEAM ‘Very Good’ environmental rating in line with recent developments, it will achieve thermal efficiency in its construction and incorporate solar panels on its roof.
With its on-campus facilities, the development will also contribute towards AUB’s sustainability ambitions, though reduced travel distances and measures taken to prioritise pedestrians over cars. Additional improvements include upgrading the pedestrian and cycle routes connecting nearby areas such as Wallisdown Road, Gillett Road and Fern Barrow.
A long-standing partnership
The project, which marks the continuation of a long-standing partnership between Morgan Sindall Construction and Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), is part of the redevelopment of the main campus.
Morgan Sindall Construction has delivered several key schemes for AUB including the Drawing Studio, Student Services Building, Photography Building, Halls A & B and student accommodation at Maderia Road. You can see images of some of these schemes on our timeline page.
High quality accommodation
Jon Daines, area director for Morgan Sindall Construction, said: “We’re delighted to be continuing our long-standing partnership with AUB, which spans more than nine years, with our appointment to this landmark scheme. The new development will provide students with high quality accommodation, ideally located at the heart of AUB’s main campus.”
The project was secured via the Southern Construction Framework. SCF is a collaboration between Devon and Hampshire County Councils that offers public sector organisations throughout London, the South East and the South West support with construction procurement.
Speaking about the scheme, Nick Welch, Chief Operating Officer at Arts University Bournemouth, commented: “This project continues to add to Arts University Bournemouth’s state-of-the-art campus and we are delighted to be once again working with Morgan Sindall Construction.
“The AUB campus is where our students experiment, innovate and push boundaries and work with industry-standard technology and spaces to equip them for life in the creative industries. With this project, we hope to provide a home for our students where they can thrive, whilst continuing to provide a creative hub, designed for specialists.”