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Newcastle's Park View Student Village starts to take shape

The last of the building modules that will become Newcastle University's largest student accommodation site are now in situ

Posted by Julian Owen | November 12, 2017 | Bricks & mortar

Almost 800 modules have been pieced together to create Newcastle University's Park View Student Village. The £75m project replaces the 1970s buildings in Richardson Road and will open in 2018, with six new buildings providing almost 1,300 ensuite bedrooms for students.

Paul Bandeen, Head of Accommodation and Residential Services at Newcastle University, said: “We’re now a year into our building programme and the progress made during this time has been truly remarkable. The speed and efficiency of the whole process is second to none and I am very excited about seeing the finished scheme. I think everybody involved should be very proud of what has been achieved.”

Paul Milburn, Project Director at principal contractor, Galliford Try, said: “Installation of the final module sees our team achieve a great milestone, two years since we began the design and construction process with Newcastle University. We’re excited to continue the next chapter on site, with the first blocks nearing completion through 2018.”

Park View Student Village features a distinctive modular design of pre-fabricated modules, produced in China and shipped to Newcastle. The self-catered bedrooms will be contained within 4, 6, 7 and 8-bedroom modern flats, as well as single studios.

Time-lapse video of the Park View Student Village construction

Park View Student Village stats:

- Each of the modules is 2.76m tall

- The total height of all 789 stacked modules would be 2,178m, almost seven times the height of the Eiffel Tower

- Each module is 12.2m in length. Laid end-to-end, the total length would be almost six miles, stretching from Richardson Road to Wallsend

- The site’s total floor area is 37,140m2 and would cover more than five St James’ Park pitches

As part of the redevelopment project, Newcastle University worked with charities to donate 6,500 out of the 10,000 items of furniture from the existing site.

Prior to building works, an ecology survey was carried out where it was found that the site was an active area for bats. Two bat houses with solar panels were built for the bats to encourage the animals to stay on the site.

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