Ocon Construction has been chosen to undergo the second phase of work to build student accommodation at Liverpool University.
The contractor was named to take on the £65 million job of the £600 million project which will see a major redevelopment of the Merseyside campus, with the inclusion of 1,200 new en-suite bedrooms at Brownlow Hill and Crown Street. The university is currently waiting on planning permission for these proposals to be approved, but has already selected Ocon as the preferred company to take on the construction work, which will get under way as soon as the university receives the go-ahead.
Ocon is currently undertaking the first phase of Liverpool's accommodation work, which will see 710 new en-suite rooms built at Myrtle Street, and is due to finish the work by September in time for the new academic year. The major redevelopment of Liverpool's accommodation is aimed to improve student experience for current undergraduates and also make it more appealing for prospective new intakes who would potentially like to study at the Merseyside university. Officials are hoping that that improvements will boost the institute's popularity.
In the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey, the University of Liverpool was ranked 43rd in terms of how undergraduates and postgraduates enjoyed their time at the institute. The education centre achieved a score of 76.6 per cent, which was 8.9 percentage points behind the University of Dundee, which was ranked as the best institute for student experience in the country, but Liverpool officials believe that this latest development will help to improve that figure.
Steve Dickson, director of facilities management at the university, believes that the plans are integral to helping Liverpool progress in offering the best facilities for its students, saying: "The university remains heavily over-subscribed but it’s important that all aspects of our student experience, including our accommodation, are world class.
"We are redeveloping our existing accommodation and investing in new developments in order to offer the sort of accommodation students expect from a world-leading university."
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