A student accommodation complex in Liverpool has been given the green light by planners within the Merseyside city and a contractor is gearing up to take on the construction project.

The development, which will boost the facilities at the University of Liverpool, will comprise of a 1,259-bed structure consisting of three buildings of seven, nine and ten storeys.

Ocon Construction has been selected as the preferred candidate to take on the £50 million project and officials have noted that work on the accommodation will begin in October this year, with a completion date set for August 2014, in time to welcome the new intake of undergraduates.

Officials stated that among the accommodation there will also be amenities such as shops, laundry facilities and a games room for students to access and enjoy on a daily basis. Ocon announced that the Crown Place campus will be built on the existing site of the university's veterinary school, which will be relocating to make room for the new development.

To boost the organisation's commitment to renewable materials the fabric of the demolished veterinary school will be used as hardcore material for the construction of the accommodation.

The move follows Ocon completing work at the 'Chatham Street' development which was also commissioned by the University of Liverpool.

Now, the company is concentrating on delivering the new accommodation, which was designed by Lewis & Hickney Architects, with BREEAM accreditation which impressed the institute prior to bid being named as the winner.

Andrew Barker, managing director of Ocon, said: "We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with the University of Liverpool with the Crown Place scheme and this project win reiterates the success of our current student accommodation/mixed use scheme for the client. However, it was our expert understanding of the sector and proactive approach that enabled us to add value to the proposed scheme at tender."

Mr Barker added that this latest development allowed Liverpool to realise the potential the city has to house students and make itself an all-round university that can attract undergraduates and postgraduates from not just the UK but further afield as well.

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