University transformation enters John Laing portfolio
From September 2021, a new Student’s Union, fitness facilities and over 800 bedrooms will transform the University of Brighton’s largest campus – and upgrade a stretch of the city’s busy Lewes Road for the benefit of residents and visitors to the area.
The five new towers at the Moulsecoomb campus, ranging in height from 8 to 18 floors, are being built on the site of the old University’s Mithras House car park and are part of the University’s biggest ever capital development programme.
John Laing is partnering with development partner Uliving who take on the financing, development and management of the new student facilities, with a 50-year operating term. Aviva Investors’ Lime Property Fund is providing long-term development finance through an income strip deal. The development will be delivered by construction company Bouygues UK, and Bouygues Energies and Services will be in charge of facilities management. In addition to the new accommodation, a new pedestrian bridge across the busy Lewes Road will link both sides of the campus, with improved walking routes through the campus, new green spaces and extensive landscaping.
The entire campus development is being built to the highest environmental standards with an emphasis on sustainability and will incorporate over 300 native species trees across the campus.
John Laing’s Investment Manager Rowland Flynn said “We are very pleased to be involved in this project which will greatly improve the experience of University of Brighton students, as well as contributing towards the wider regeneration of the Lewes Road area of Brighton.”