18 May 2015
Work underway on multi-million pound student accommodation hub
Work is well underway on a new multi-million pound student housing development in Exeter.
Midas Construction has been on site at Exeter Cricket Club for a month and has already begun the bulk groundworks for the £8million development, which will boast halls of residence for 159 students.
As part of the project, Midas has also taken down the former cricket pavilion at the Prince of Wales Road venue, replacing it with a temporary building on the grounds while the development works are ongoing.
A new, state-of-the art, two-storey pavilion complete with changing rooms, kitchen, bar and office space will be built in conjunction with the student accommodation.
“This is an exciting new development, which will not only offer more modern accommodation for those studying at the nearby University of Exeter but also a brand new cricket pavilion protecting the future of Exeter Cricket Club,” said Alan Hope, Chief Executive at Midas.
“One of our first jobs on site was to erect a temporary cabin for those using the current pavilion so as not to disrupt the cricket season.”
Midas is due to work on the site until June 2016, with the keys to the new pavilion expected to be handed over to the cricket club this December.
As industry leaders in considerate working practices, Midas is well known for engaging with communities surrounding its developments. Plans are already in place to work with local people as much as possible.
“Midas Construction has been highlighted by the Considerate Construction Scheme as an industry leader when it comes to supporting staff, engaging with communities and protecting the environment,” said Grant Millar, operations manager for Midas Construction.
“We are looking forward to meeting and working with the local community in Exeter to create a positive legacy for the city and all those who live, work and study here.”
The development is being built on behalf of developers Yelverton Properties and their development and funding partners, Campus Development Management Ltd and Curlew Capital.
Image: CGIs of how the new student accommodation will look