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Morgan Sindall wins £13 million Roehampton University project

Morgan Sindall has started work to construct a £13 million student accommodation development for the University of Roehampton in the grounds of the Grade II listed Downshire House.

The project is a part of the University’s wider masterplan to expand and improve campus facilities and will involve the construction of three four storey blocks in the grounds of the historic house on Roehampton Lane.

The development will provide high quality accommodation for 210 students and is expected to complete in summer 2015. The project will provide a variety of flat types. Most bedrooms will have French doors and/or balconies, while social areas are positioned to make the most of surrounding parkland vistas.

Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Director of Estates and Campus Services at the University of Roehampton, said: “We are delighted that we are able to provide new high-quality bedrooms for our students and enhance the campus environment. This development will help us meet rising demand for accommodation as the reputation of Roehampton continues to grow”.

Dave Cook, area director for Morgan Sindall, said: “Providing first-class on-campus accommodation is increasingly important for universities operating in this highly competitive sector and Morgan Sindall is well versed in successfully delivering high-quality schemes of this nature.

“The University of Roehampton has worked closely with the local community in the development of the plans for this important and historic site and the new buildings will respect the setting of Downshire House while providing students with high-grade accommodation. It is an exciting project to be a part of and we look forward to continuing to work closely with the University and the project team in the delivery of the scheme.”

A number of architectural features in the grounds, including the formal gardens, balustrade, and the summer house, will be retained as part of the wider development. As a central feature of the planned developments, the formal garden will be restored and made more accessible and safe. The plans will also see 19 new trees planted on the site and the Grade II listed sculpture ‘The Watchers’, which was removed following vandalism in 2006, reinstated.

Morgan Sindall is on site at a number of high-profile projects in the higher education sector. Key projects include a £40.8 million project for the University of Cambridge to deliver its new Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology facility; a £15.8 million project to redevelop and upgrade facilities at the University of Hertfordshire’s College Lane campus; and a £9 million project to construct a six-floor complex which will extend the University of Portsmouth’s Eldon campus.


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