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Morgan Sindall wins £10 million Norwich student accommodation contract

Morgan Sindall has been appointed to a £10 million project to construct a new student accommodation development in the heart of Norwich city centre.

The design and build project for Alumno Developments involves the construction of a new nine-storey development, called All Saints Norwich, next to Norwich bus station. The project also comprises the refurbishment and renovation of the adjacent building, 50 All Saints Green, a Grade II listed building.

The project is being delivered exclusively for the Norwich University of the Arts on a long-term agreement, helping to further enhance its status as a leading arts institution in the UK and assisting its long term growth aspirations.

Two existing buildings on the site will be demolished to make way for the new development and the Morgan Sindall team will also be creating a new public ‘pocket park’ with landscaping and plants.

The new development will feature 228 student bedrooms, the majority of which will be self-contained cluster flats with six en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen and lounge. The project team will also be constructing a range of self-contained studios. A management office and reception area will be built on the ground floor, while a common room and other associated amenities will also be developed for students to utilise.

David Campbell, managing director of Alumno Developments, said: "We're delighted to see this project coming to life. We think it will not only provide much needed student accommodation for the city, but will also help to regenerate the St Stephen's area with the development of a new public square and gardens aimed at the whole community."

The car-free development, which is adjacent to Ivory House, another Grade II listed building, is an ideal location for student housing, within easy walking distance of Norwich City College, Norwich University of the Arts and a short bus or cycle ride from the University of East Anglia (UEA) campus. The development will rejuvenate the current site and create an attractive, public space in the centre of the city.

Gavin Napper, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “This is an impressive and well thought out project which is set to revitalise the surrounding area. The new development will give this part of the city a new lease of life, creating a pleasant outdoor ‘pocket park’ for people to enjoy and providing students with a home from home - helping them to make the most of their university experience.

“Morgan Sindall has a great depth of experience in successfully delivering student accommodation projects across the UK and we’re very pleased to have been appointed by Alumno Developments to bring that experience to bear on this project.”

The project is set to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) rating of Very Good, with aspirations for Excellent, and is due to complete in summer 2015. The project team includes project managers DBK Group, architect Carson & Partners, structural engineer Conisbee, services engineer Silock Dawson & Partners, and CDM Co-ordinator Trevor Christmas.

Morgan Sindall is on site at a range of education projects across East Anglia. The company is currently delivering a £21 million, highly sustainable building which will house Essex Business School at the Colchester campus of the University of Essex. It has also recently completed an £11.5 million contract to construct Centrum, the principal commercial research and development building on the Norwich Research Park. The three-storey building will provide 4,000 sq m of high quality facilities including laboratory and office space, a business centre and formal and informal meeting rooms.


For more information about this news release please contact Ruth Cobban at Paver Smith on 0151 239 5000 or email