Kier secures £30m Manchester Metropolitan student halls

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Kier has been appointed by Manchester Metropolitan University (Manchester Met) to deliver the construction of the Birley Residences Phase 2.

By U2B Staff 

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Kier Construction has been awarded a £31 million (US$40 million) contract from Manchester Metropolitan University to construct student accommodation on their newest campus.

The Birley Residences will see the construction of a 491-bed development comprising three blocks of student accommodation, with a total floor space of almost 13,000 sq metres. The towers will consist of six, 11 and 16 storeys. On the ground floor there will be a gym and group study areas.

Kier’s contract also includes full internal fit-out with all furniture, fixtures and equipment.

This is not the first time Kier has worked with Manchester Met. The developer previously delivered the university’s 6 Great Marlborough Street – a facility designed to provide a smart, attractive environment, where a number of professional services teams from across the university can work collaboratively.

Kier has vast experience in delivering student accommodation.

“This project is a key part of supporting the growing number of students attending Manchester Met and it’s our privilege to be again working with the university,” said Kier North West Managing Director for the northwest Peter Commins.

“We are currently delivering 1,345 student beds in projects across the north and are looking forward to continuing our positive working relationship with Manchester Met and utilising our local supply chain throughout this build.”

Kier will be working with architect GWP, assisted by structural engineer Curtins and building services consultant CPW.

The development is part of Manchester Met’s wider Estates Strategy, which aims to ensure the university is “fit for purpose, enhances the student experience and supports the highest quality research and training.”

The strategy is designed to support Met’s academic ambition and reinforce the centrality of the university to the city of Manchester. It also identifies the potential opportunities to improve campus connectivity and selects a range of development options over a ten year period – meaning there’s still plenty more development opportunities to come.

The university is ambitious in its redevelopment. In the pipeline are a new arts and humanities building, a School of Digital Arts, the new Manchester Metropolitan Institute of Sport, and further student accommodation expansion.