Penglais Farm development to be ready for September 2014

A view of accomodation blocks

An artist’s impression of accommodation blocks on the new Penglais Farm development

The new £45m Penglais Farm accommodation development is set to be ready for September 2014.

In February, Balfour Beatty was unveiled as Aberystwyth University’s preferred bidder for the development, and they announced today (5th) in a statement to the London Stock Exchange that the project has received the full backing of investors.

The Penglais Farm Student Residences will offer accommodation for 1000 students, and will feature the largest rooms the University has offered before. The development will also include 100 studio flats specifically designed for postgraduate students.

The rooms are set in a series of two- and three-storey buildings with flats for six or eight students living in self-catered accommodation. A central hub will also provide a range of social, learning and living functions including launderettes, bike stores, communal space for clubs and societies, and computing facilities. There will also be a new grass sports pitch.

The first students are expected to move in for the start of the 2014 academic year and amongst the first to take up residence will be the community of students currently living in Pantycelyn.

Originally built in 1951, Pantycelyn opened as a hall for Welsh speaking students in 1973 and has attracted students wishing to study and live through the medium of Welsh. Students were consulted on the project, and the development has been designed to reflect their aspirations and the priorities of UMCA (the Welsh Students’ Union) and the Students’ Union so the entire development works to enhance the student living experience.

The University project team has been led by Mr James Wallace, Director of Campus Services. He said: “With this announcement today Balfour Beatty have underlined their full commitment to deliver the new student residences to the exceptionally high specifications that we have agreed as partners and in time for the 2014 academic year. It marks the latest milestone in the development of one of the most important new facilities to be built here at Aberystwyth for a generation.

“Aberystwyth University prides itself on its excellent student experience, and this exciting new addition will ensure that we have both increased numbers of en-suite facilities and studio flats to meet the wide range of expectations from our students, and all on a beautiful site within walking distance of our main campus”, he added.

Balfour Beatty CEO, Andrew McNaughton said; “We are delighted to be working with Aberystwyth University, the community and the local supply chain to deliver this project. The new facilities will enable the University to enhance the student experience, providing high quality, sustainable accommodation.”

Once operational, the University will provide student services in the new residences, whilst Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the upkeep of the buildings.

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