Student accommodation

Student accommodation

We are a leader in the higher education market with a track record of delivering a wide range of projects in the UK and in the US including student accommodation, academic facilities and arenas.

Our clients benefit from the combined expertise of investment, construction and operations teams and knowledge sharing between our UK and US offices. We offer customised solutions that address the unique needs of each university or college and their students.

As a long-term partner in the UK we offer a flexible design, build, finance and operational model. The model can be adapted to meet each project requirements allowing clients to invest in their academic estate and enhance student experience through sustainable, well designed accommodation which will attract students to live, study and learn.  

How we work

Partnering for success

Behind every successful project is an integrated, multi-disciplinary project team and collaborative client relationship. To create this we bring a culture of partnering, teamwork, problem solving skills and enthusiasm for projects, earning trust and confidence by doing what we say we will do. For every project, we assemble a team with the right blend of experience and skills to meet our client’s requirements.

Design for student living

Working with leading architects, we put the student experience at the heart of every stage of the design process and create communities that become a home for students, where they feel safe and free to socialise. Good design starts with understanding our residents which is why we take the time to engage with them through questionnaires and interactive design engagement workshops. We cover the bedroom, flat layout, social spaces and amenities, external areas, security, sustainability and special requirements of residents with visible or non-visible disabilities, ensuring that accessibility and inclusiveness are designed in from the outset.

Building safely and to high standards

Our construction teams utilise the latest digital and modular construction technologies. Supported by local supply chains, we operate in an open and collaborative manner to work around the day-to-day life on campus and deliver to the highest levels of quality. To maintain business continuity for our clients, the safety of residents and to protect the environment we operate a Zero Harm strategy and are registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS).

Value for money financial solutions

Our sector leading knowledge of capital markets and ability to provide equity investment backed by Balfour Beatty’s strong balance sheet, ensures we consistently deliver value for money for our clients through efficient funding solutions.

Flexible operations

We offer the flexibility to provide a bespoke service in collaboration with a university or college or full out-sourcing of facilities management services including high speed WIFI. Our customer focused project teams provide an excellent experience for residents.

Investing in innovation

Matching the expectations of students with affordability is a key challenge for many of our clients. As a leading developer, Balfour Beatty has invested in exploring fresh ideas to meet this challenge. We commissioned a team of leading architects, engineers and cost consultants to hold a “hackathon” and brainstorm the possibilities for student accommodation design including trends from our global experience in the sector.

The exercise covered all key elements of design including room typologies, mechanical and electrical services, structure and construction methodology. Thinking differently allows us to bring a range of ideas to a project - providing a constructive basis to challenge what may have been acceptable in the past to deliver the student residences of the future.

To find out more about how our services have been applied to deliver bespoke solutions for clients, take a closer look at our featured projects below.

To find out more about how our services have been applied to deliver bespoke solutions for clients, take a closer look at our featured projects below.

In the US Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions offers a total, end-to-end solution for major campus infrastructure projects, including debt and equity finance, design, planning and project management, construction and engineering, and asset management, maintenance and operation.

Contact

For further information about our services or to discuss how we can help deliver your requirements please contact us:

UK - Balfour Beatty Investments: student.accommodation@balfourbeatty.com

US - Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions

Key figures*
Projects 14
Total debt and equity funding c.£707m

*Figures are accurate as of our 2019 full-year results

  

Featured projects