University of Leicester

ENGIE has secured over £200 million in contracts for a state-of-the-art student accommodation and regeneration scheme with Freemens Common Village LLP, the special purpose vehicle (SPV) established to design, build, fund, manage and operate the project for University of Leicester.

ENGIE will oversee the delivery of 1,164 new student homes across seven blocks, the refurbishment of a grade II listed building (to be used as office and study space), the construction of a 500-space multi-storey carpark and the creation of a new 9,000 m2 teaching and learning centre.

This will be followed by a 50-year hard facilities management contract, which will support the day-to-day lives of the students by providing technical services, estates management and external cleaning for the new residences, as well enabling high speed Wi-Fi and IT services to ensure the best experience for occupants. ENGIE will also deliver lifecycle management to the residences, which incorporates infrastructure replacement right through to internal components.

A key element in the design of the new facilities is energy efficiency. The overall scheme will incorporate a number of renewable and energy-saving technologies including solar panels, highly efficient centralised gas fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and LED lighting will be installed.

These new contracts align with ENGIE’s wider strategy to combine its capabilities to deliver placemaking and regeneration at scale for its customers. ENGIE works alongside them to shape the future use of their assets – supporting with planning, design, construction and management – to improve the lives of those who use them.

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“The Freemen’s Common development is an important project for the University that will enable us to continue to deliver the best experience for our students. We are delighted to be working with ENGIE and Equitix to deliver the project.”

Martyn Riddleston,
Chief Financial Officer, University of Leicester

Since July 2021, all of our regeneration activity is now part of EQUANS, the new name for ENGIE’s services-led activity.

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