First phase of Aston Student Village complete

Aston Student Village - cutting ribbon ceremony
Vice Chancellor Prof Julia King cuts the ribbon for Aston Student Village

2nd September, 2010

Phase I of Aston Student Village’s (ASV) new residences project has been successfully completed, ready for the influx of new Aston University students.

The project provides just over 1300 en-suite bedrooms on Aston University’s campus in Birmingham City Centre. Phase I also includes an all-weather sports pitch, car parking and associated external works.

At the opening ceremony, Professor Julia King, Vice-Chancellor of Aston University, said: ‘This is an impressive addition to the Aston University campus. Our students deserve the best and we are delighted that ASV is now able to offer them some of the best accommodation in the UK higher education sector. A huge amount of work has gone in to this project to make it happen on time and on budget. I would like to say many thanks and well done to everyone who has made this possible.’

The residences have been built to the highest standards of quality, sustainability, and security.  The new building has achieved the highest BREEAM efficiency rating, and includes innovative features such as wind turbines and storm water recycling. ASV has also achieved Secured by Design accreditation, giving assurance to our students and their families about living in the centre of a large city.

Local firms have been used predominantly on the contract, including the project managers, Solihull-based Emprima, the main contractors, Carillion, and many of the supply chain partners. The project has encouraged and trained apprentices and helped the homeless into full time employment. It has also provided curriculum support for Aston students on relevant courses.

Neil Pountney, managing director of Emprima, said: ‘Completion of the first phase of such an ambitious project is good news for the university, the regional economy – and the Midlands’ construction sector, at a time when the industry is facing some of its greatest challenges.

‘To have successfully delivered such a complex construction project right in the middle of a busy campus and achieved completion right on time, to such an exceptionally high standard, is testament to the dedication and commitment of Carillion’s construction team working in very close co-operation with the client and its professional team.’

Construction of Phase II of ASV’s new residences, which will provide a further 1050 en suite bedrooms by September 2013, is planned to start in Spring 2011, subject to final approvals.

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Notes to editors:

Aston Student Village (ASV) is a charitable trust which provides accommodation for students, with trustees from Aston University, Bank of Scotland Corporate and ASV’s Facilities Management provider

Phase 1 of the residences project is part of an overall investment of £200 million in new university accommodation.

The BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) is the leading and most widely used environmental assessment method for buildings. It sets the standard for best practice in sustainable design and has become the de facto measure used to describe a building's environmental performance. For more information, please visit