Builder selected for new uni accomodation

Penglais Farm plan

The 1000-bed development will be built behind PJM

BALFOUR Beatty, an international construction firm, has been selected as the “preferred bidder” for a planned 1000-bed development at Aberystwyth University.

The project, worth around £45 million, will see acres of University-owned farmland behind Pentre Jane Morgan (PJM) built on to become the new “Penglais Farm”.

Planned to open in 2014, the development will replace beds lost in the closure of Penbryn block 5 and Pantycelyn (end of 2014), bringing the net gain to 400.

100 ‘studio flats’ will also be provided alongside ensuite accommodation for 1000 students, and “enhanced learning and communal zones”.

Concerns were raised in a meeting of the University’s governing Council in November 2012 that a “delay in deliverability might result in phased completion over two academic years”.

James Wallace, Director of Campus Services said: “We are pleased with the progress made with the competitive dialogue process.”

“We expect our new residences to be handed over to us in 2014 and have students living in this fantastic new purpose-built accommodation, which will be an important step towards achieving the University’s strategic goals”.