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Stirling appoints GRAHAM Construction to build new student accommodation

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Ground breaking ceremony
Staff from the University of Stirling and GRAHAM Construction attend a ground breaking ceremony on campus

The University of Stirling has signed a framework contract with GRAHAM Construction to build the first phase of a three stage, multimillion pound redevelopment of residential accommodation on its Stirling campus.

The £11m contract for the first phase was signed on 31 July at a ground breaking ceremony on the campus.

The new residences will meet the expectations of today’s students and enable Stirling to compete with universities and colleges around the world in providing high quality accommodation. The project will also help maintain Stirling’s enviable position as a place where student satisfaction with the all round campus experience is high.

Karen Plouviez, Director of Estates & Campus Services, said: “This is the largest capital project the University has undertaken since it was created in the late 1960s.

“The redevelopment of 40% of the existing accommodation is tremendously exciting in terms of further enhancing the University’s appeal to students, and the commercial conference and events business that is so important to our financial sustainability.

“We are looking forward to working in partnership with GRAHAM Construction to deliver this transformational project and to sensitively enhancing what is already an exceptional landscape and architectural setting.”

GRAHAM has extensive experience in delivering new student accommodation and is already working on a number of other projects at universities across Scotland and the UK.

Gary Holmes, regional director for GRAHAM Construction said: “GRAHAM has a policy of being a responsible neighbour to the communities we operate in and we will be seeking to build relationships with the local construction industry and its supply chain.

“Securing this contract with one of the most respected universities in Scotland is a real boost for GRAHAM.

"We are proud to be delivering this first class accommodation for the University of Stirling and look forward to providing a welcoming environment which promotes learning among students.”

The new accommodation will provide students with well designed study bedrooms, spacious kitchens with dining space, increased social space and better connections to the stunning landscape areas around the residences.

The University is committed to the highest standards of sustainable design and low energy use, and aims to achieve a BREEAM excellent environmental performance rating.

A number of local businesses will have the opportunity to be directly involved in the construction or will enjoy the associated benefits of the development activity. The local community and economy will also benefit from the additional holiday and conference business generated by this accommodation.

The three year redevelopment will see the creation of 788 contemporary bedrooms in four locations and will be completed in 2015.

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