A joint venture between Campus Living Villages and Equitix has been appointed as the strategic development partner for new accommodation projects at the University of Bristol. Over the next five years, the partnership will provide high-quality student accommodation, beginning with the University’s new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.
This development will see the construction of approximately 1,200 new bed spaces, primarily for the use of students studying at the new campus. Located in the heart of the city, work at Temple Quarter is expected to start in 2019 and it is due to open in 2021/22. The consortium will design, build and operate the site for a 50-year period.
The Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus will focus on education and research for business, social and digital innovation to tackle real-world challenges. Located in the heart of the city, at Temple Quarter, it will turn a neglected area into a new destination, an open, inclusive centre for transformative innovation.
Global student accommodation provider Campus Living Villages, which owns and manages over 13,000 beds across the UK, will work closely with the University to secure input from students and tailor the design to meet their needs. It will also collaborate with the University’s pastoral care team to ensure that the development offers all students a welcoming and inclusive environment with 24/7 support available. Equitix’s team of experts will oversee all aspects of the development, from construction and acquisition to maintenance and operation and work closely with CLV and the University to ensure that the project continues to meet students’ needs.
John Georgakis, Interim CEO at Campus Living Villages UK, said: “We are delighted to be entering into this partnership with the University of Bristol. The Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus will provide a fantastic opportunity for us to be at the centre of one of the University’s biggest developments to date, and we look forward to adding the new facilities to our ever-expanding portfolio of student villages. Our team is delighted to be partnering with such a prestigious University and excited to be providing a high-quality experience to Bristol’s student community studying at the new campus. Our villages are much more than just a place to sleep. They are first and foremost about providing a community student experience – so it’s great to be working hand in hand with the University to integrate our new accommodation into its sector-leading plans for improved pastoral support for residents to create a home away from home at the new campus.”
Geoff Jackson, CEO of Equitix comments: “Equitix has worked with Campus Living Villages on a number of projects over the years, bringing outstanding accommodation to students across the country. The University of Bristol is investing heavily in its facilities and we are excited to be part of the Temple Quarter development that will be a benchmark for quality in higher education institutions in the UK."
Robert Kerse, CFO at the University of Bristol adds: “We chose Campus Living Villages and Equitix to be our accommodation partners because of their focus on providing a quality university experience as well as quality accommodation and our confidence in their desire to work as partners on future projects. The new campus at Temple Quarter is one of our biggest investments in recent years, and we look forward to working with them on this pivotal and exciting project.”