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.
Key Features of the Project:
- Partners: Equitix, University of Leicester
- Contract: Start date: September 2019
- Completion date: September 2022
- Value: c£200million
“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.”
Chief Financial Officer, University of Leicester