Residents have moved into 578 new high-quality rooms completed as part of the final phase of the East Park project developed by University Partnerships Programme (UPP), the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure, for long-standing partner the University of Exeter.
Phase one of the East Park project, located on the University’s Streatham Campus, was completed last year, with students occupying 604 new rooms in September 2020.
With the second phase now complete, the overall project has delivered 1,182 rooms, comprising a mixture of standard, en-suite and enhanced accessible bedrooms, as well as study and social spaces and outdoor areas with views of the Campus and the City of Exeter beyond.
UPP designed, built and financed the project, which it will now operate through a full facilities management service. The scheme has a BREEAM rating of excellent and was delivered by contractor VINCI Construction UK Limited.
Mark Swindlehurst, Managing Director of UPP Asset Management, said:
“The completion and occupation of the second phase of the project on time and on budget means that we now operate over 4,100 rooms on the University’s campus.
“The project increases the on-campus accommodation available to students in Exeter and is testament to the strength of our bespoke, long-term partnership with the University, first formed in 2009. As a strategic partner, UPP is supporting the University’s growth strategy by providing affordable on-campus accommodation, underpinning the very best student experience.”
Registrar and Secretary for the University of Exeter, Mike Shore-Nye, said:
“Following three and a half years of planning and construction, we are really pleased to see undergraduate students move in to the newly completed stage two of East Park student residences this month.
“Only a short walk from the centre of our Streatham Campus, the modern rooms and facilities are in high demand, particularly for first year students leaving home for the first time who want the benefit of an enhanced social experience and well-being support.
“East Park provides a range of room types and rent options alongside our other new student residences Moberly and Spreytonway, also managed by UPP, and forms part of the University’s commitment to ease the pressure on accommodation in Exeter city.”
East Park boosts UPP’s portfolio to over 36,000 rooms in operation or under construction through long-term, bespoke partnerships with 15 world-leading universities. UPP has invested over £300million at the University of Exeter since 2009.