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Morgan Sindall plc and Alumno Developments top out £10 million Norwich student accommodation scheme

Members of the Morgan Sindall team at the NUA Halls Topping Out ceremony

Morgan Sindall plc has marked a key stage in the construction of a landmark student accommodation development, Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) Halls – All Saints Green, with a traditional topping out ceremony.

The event, which was held on the ninth floor of the building on Thursday 30 April, heralded the start of the final stage of work on the £10 million design and build project that Morgan Sindall is delivering for Alumno Developments. The scheme involves the construction of a new nine-storey building next to Norwich bus station. The project also comprises the refurbishment and renovation of the adjacent building, 50 All Saints Green, which is Grade II listed.

Guests including faculty from the Norwich University of the Arts and representatives from local businesses, joined developers Alumno and representatives from the Morgan Sindall project team to mark the milestone.

During the topping out ceremony, guests were able to get a feel for what the new building will look like once complete, visiting a completed showcase bedroom and enjoying refreshments in the recently-finished social area. The guests then headed to the top of the building to see the scale of the development and toast the milestone.

David Campbell, managing director of Alumno Developments, said: “Alumno is delighted to be working in partnership with Norwich University of the Arts and Morgan Sindall, in delivering this significant and major new development in the city.

“Norwich is a long established and renowned destination to study, that also promotes a first-class student experience. The provision of good quality accommodation will undoubtedly enhance the continued growth and success of NUA and the city, in attracting and nurturing creative talent from not only across the UK but increasingly from overseas. The detailed and considered design of the building will ensure that the All Saints Green Halls will add a new dynamic to the city skyline. Together with the refurbishment of 50 All Saints Green and the creation of the new pocket park, the development will also offer many more positive and far reaching benefits to this area of the city. We look forward to welcoming the first students into the building in September of this year.”

Gavin Napper, Morgan Sindall area director, said: “It’s great to be joining Alumno, our guests and our project team to mark this key milestone in the construction of this significant development. There is a pressing need for quality student accommodation in Norwich and this is a well thought out scheme which will revitalise the surrounding area and help to address this need. We look forward to delivering a great building in time for the start of the academic year.”

The project is being delivered exclusively for the Norwich University of the Arts on a long-term agreement, helping to further enhance its status as a leading arts institution in the UK and assisting its long-term growth aspirations. The car-free development is an ideal location for student housing, within easy walking distance of NUA. Architecture students from NUA have enjoyed tours of the site during the build process and presentations from project architect Iain Carson.

The scheme is set to achieve a Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Methodology (BREEAM) rating of Very Good, with aspirations for Excellent, and is due to complete in summer 2015. The project team includes project managers DBK Group, architect Carson & Partners, structural engineer Conisbee, services engineer Silock Dawson & Partners, and CDM Co-ordinator Trevor Christmas.