21 March 2018

Work set to start on new £30 million Southampton student development

Work is set to start on a major new £30 million student residential scheme in Southampton following the appointment of Midas Construction to carry out the project.

The 12-storey student halls development at Cumberland Place, close to Watts Park in the city centre, will provide 527 student bed spaces, a ground floor commercial space, a common room, management suite and ancillary buildings.

It is being carried out on behalf of client Victoria Hall Management, who are developing the project for RailPen, the railway industry pension fund.

Midas Construction, which is part of the Midas Group, one of the UK's largest privately-owned construction and property services providers, is already on site carrying out preliminary work, ground preparation and excavations in readiness for the start of piling work for foundations.

The project is due for completion in August 2019, ready for the intake of new students, and a marketing suite is due to be launched in December 2018.

Peter Whitmore, Divisional Director for the Southern region at Midas, said: “We are delighted to be getting under way on site on this high profile project for Victoria Hall.  Not only does it represent a significant scheme in Southampton but it will enable us to showcase the exciting career opportunities available in the construction industry and to provide further employment opportunities.”

Midas Construction, and its supply chain, will provide a number of local employment opportunities, including apprenticeships, and sustain a large number of local jobs through the delivery of this project. The company will also work with local supply chain partners to deliver specialist subcontract packages of work and will ensure that employees, both at Midas and within the supply chain, continue to receive vocational and non-vocational training.

Midas will facilitate site visits, take part in careers events at local schools, colleges and the universities, as well as creating work experience placements for local students.

John Nesbitt, Managing Director of Victoria Hall Management, said: “We are delighted to have secured funding for this project with a high quality institutional investor and to be starting the construction phase of the project together with Midas. Our expectation is that Cumberland Place will be the best student scheme in the city offering a variety of bedroom types, compelling amenity spaces for students and some of the best views over the city.”

Mike Skilton, Director of Architecture PLB, who designed the 12-storey concrete framed building, said: “The building is conceived as three blocks formed around an open south-facing courtyard, fronting on to Cumberland Place and the opposite park. The three blocks are differentiated by height, elevational treatment and materials to assist the urban scale of the building.

“The cool, modern design makes reference to its historic setting overlooking the city’s listed central parks. An open colonnade to the southwest corner fronts one of the shared facilities/ retail areas and leads around the side of the courtyard to the residential entrance, at the back of the courtyard.  Retail and shared facilities for the residential accommodation above, provide an active frontage to the ground floor.”

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