Miller Construction has announced its success in securing contracts to build student houses of residence at universities in both York and Birmingham.

The company will be lead contractor in multi-million pound development in the cities providing brand new facilities for current and would-be students that are going to the institutes to study. Miller will build new facilities at York St John University and the University of Birmingham allowing both centres to provide a better quality of accommodation for their latest intake of undergraduates while at the same time looking to improve its standings in terms of student experience.

Officials stated that the York residence will be situated on Carmelite Street in the city and is set to cost £12 million to complete. The 258-bed structure will be constructed on behalf of S. Harrison Developments for the university on top of a currently derelict site.

Work on the accommodation began earlier in the month and it sits adjacent to York's Hungate project in an area which is easy for students to reach the city centre from without the need to bring their car. Miller has stated that it hopes for the building to be ready by June 2013 in time for the 2013/14 academic year.

Chris Webster, chief executive, of Miller Construction, said: "The student accommodation on Carmelite Street, York, marks our fourth project for S.Harrison Developments, with whom we have built a strong and positive working relationship with.

"We are delighted to be working with them again and look forward to strengthening the partnership we already have in place, as we deliver the new student residencies for St John University."

The Birmingham residence is a multi-million pound construction contract which will encompass the creation of a 120-bed extension onto Jarratt Hall which is already an ever present at the university. Like with the York development, officials are expecting it to be ready for the 2013/14 academic year with a completion date of September 2013 earmarked by the contractor.

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