Willmott Dixon to build university student village


Willmott Dixon has been appointed the main contractor for a new Student Village at Staffordshire University.

Credit: Willmott Dixon Holdings Ltd.

The village is to be built on the university’s main Stoke-on-Trent campus, with the contractor set to begin on the site soon due for a 2026 delivery.

Staffordshire Campus Living appointed Willmott Dixon after the project received planning permission in March.

Staffordshire Campus Living is a consortium formed by Hochtief PPP Solutions UK and Ireland, Willmott Dixon, Plenary, Pinnacle Group and Staffordshire University.

Design team: Corstorphine & Wright, FIRA and Ramboll.

The village will include 700 new student rooms in a mix of cluster blocks and townhouses, plus the refurbishment of an accommodation to improve energy efficiency by 250 per cent.

An accessible Parkland will also be implemented following demolition of existing student accommodation on one of the university’s sites.

Willmott Dixon was recently appointed to deliver a £60 million net zero college campus development in Bridgend, Wales and were awarded behind the Stirling Prize winning for a townhouse project at Kingston University in 2021.

The announcement follows the release of the contractor’s financial record which saw a  record order book of more than £3 billion for the first time.

Dan Doyle, operations director at Willmott Dixon, said: “This is a significant investment in the student experience.

“We will be incorporating modern methods of construction and offsite manufacturing to ensure it is a low-carbon development.”

Professor Martin Jones, vice-chancellor and chief executive of the University, said: “With the full backing of our Board of Governors, we are delighted to move closer towards making a start on this project which, alongside our academic course offering and exceptional support services, will help to make us stand out in the market.”

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