Balfour Beatty has secured a £80m contract from Urbanest to design and construct a 19-storey student accommodation building on Westminster Bridge Road in Central London, UK.
Planned to be built close to the South Bank Conservation Area and the Westminster World Heritage site, the building will have 1,092 bedrooms to provide accommodation to higher education students.
The building will house a new sixth-form college, a health suite with swimming pool and office space.
Sustainable features of the building include the use of photovoltaic panels and combined heat and power technology to help it achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating.
Balfour Beatty said it will utilise new modular off site construction techniques to create bathroom pods and a cladding system, both of which will result in a safer construction programme.
Construction works are scheduled to start this summer and the building is expected to open during the 2015 academic year.
Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton said the project is the company’s fifth scheme for Urbanest in London.
"In partnership with Urbanest, we have committed to a range of employment and training initiatives including the creation of 40 apprenticeships to ensure the project generates tangible benefits for the local community," McNaughton said.
The contract follows Balfour Beatty’s collaboration on four previous student accommodation projects in London for Urbanest worth £100m at 100 East Road, Hoxton, The Minories in the City of London, the T6 development at Kings Cross and Camley Street in NW1.
Image: The 19-storey building will be in close proximity to the South Bank Conservation Area and the Westminster World Heritage site. Photo: Courtesy of Balfour Beatty.