University's new student housing reaches major milestone

A significant milestone has been reached in the £13 million building work for a new student hall of residence at the University of Roehampton, where a topping out event has been held with construction firm Morgan Sindall.

Posted: 21 November 2014

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Roehampton Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul O'Prey speaking at the Downshire House accommodation site

The University is building the new accommodation which will house more than 200 students, to meet increasing demand as its reputation for providing well respected higher education and creating highly employable graduates grows.

Three buildings are being constructed around, and in sympathy with, Downshire House a Grade II* listed late 18th century Georgian villa on the periphery of the campus, which the University owns. They are due to be ready to live in by the start of the new academic year next September.

The topping out marked the completion of superstructures for the three buildings which will make up the new hall . During the event Roehampton Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul O’Prey poured the final section of concrete for one of the buildings. Representatives from the University and Morgan Sindall’s Commercial Director Gareth Case were joined by the students' union's sabbatical officers, Siobhan Kelly, Rachael Blaney and Molly Vingoe, plus architects, project managers, and design and advisory teams.

Dr Ghazwa Alwani-Starr, Director of Estates and Campus Services at the University of Roehampton said: “Our Downshire House project is the first stage in the University’s masterplan to create hundreds of modern, attractive study bedrooms for our growing student population.

“It’s on schedule and on budget and by working closely with Morgan Sindall and our architects we will soon have buildings which are very sympathetic to Downshire House in their appearance, and which will enhance the street scene for the thousands of students and local people who pass them every day.

“As the University grows in stature and reputation, we need to meet the rising demands of our student population, these buildings will go a long way towards achieving that goal and re-affirming Roehampton’s status as the most attractive campus university in the capital.”

All three buildings are between two and five stories in height and every room will be en suite. In two buildings, rooms will be grouped into flats of between six and eight people, with shared kitchen and social facilities. The third building will be designed as six two-to-four storey town houses, with between six and 12 rooms per house.

Waste heat from the three buildings will be used to generate electricity, and once build work is finished, the whole site including the grounds of Downshire House will be extensively landscaped to provide attractive scenery for students and staff.


Read about how the University is building more halls of residence and a new library for students or find out about our existing accommodation.

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