VINCI Awarded The University Of The West Of England’s Student Accommodation Project

vinci and UWE Bristol VINCI Building are delighted to have been awarded one of the UK’s largest Passivhaus developments at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol).

Student Accommodation Project 3 (SAP3) is a scheme with 900-bedspaces over 26,000m2 of space in a mix of studios including four, six and eight bed clusters.

The 3-block development, designed by Stride Treglown, Curtins, Amber and QODA is due to start at the university’s Frenchay campus in November and will be handed over prior to the 2023/2024 student intake.

Passivhaus buildings provide a high level of occupant comfort while using very little energy for heating and cooling. These standards will help both VINCI and UWE Bristol achieve their sustainability goals outlined in their 2030 strategies.

Martin Boddy, Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Enterprise at UWE Bristol, said: “We’re delighted to have awarded our sector-leading student accommodation project to VINCI, one of the top construction companies in the world. It is particularly pleasing to be partnering with an organisation that shares a commitment to sustainability and innovation.

“When completed, the development will represent one of the largest low carbon certified developments of its kind and a first for the university sector in the UK. It will also contribute to the clear commitment we made in our future strategy to make high quality, affordable, purpose-built university accommodation available to all our first-year students. We are all very much looking forward to construction work starting on site next month.”

Russell Flowers, Regional Director for VINCI in the South West and Wales, said: “We are thrilled to have been awarded such a prestigious project with such an established institution in the Bristol region.

“The VINCI project team are excited to develop a successful relationship with UWE Bristol and continue our established relationships with the professional team - VINCI have a long, successful history in delivering student accommodation projects across the region and SAP3 with the Passivhaus design will represent one of the standout developments to date.

“It is hugely encouraging that the University of the West of England, and VINCI have many similar alignments in achieving their sustainability strategies for 2030. Construction of SAP3 to Passivhaus standards will further enhance the experience for students at the university, and the reputation of both VINCI and UWE Bristol in the region.

“We are looking forward to starting work on the development and hope to continue our long-standing relationship with the local supply chain in construction of SAP3.”