£200m University of Leicester contracts secured

Energy and services group, Engie, has secured over £200m in contracts for a student accommodation and regeneration scheme with Freemens Common Village, the special purpose vehicle (SPV) established to design, build, fund, manage and operate the project for University of Leicester


ngie 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 9,000m2

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. 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. Martin Smithurst, divisional chief operating officer for Engie’s Places and Communities Division (North), says: “This is a prime project for Engie, as it’s one of the few occasions where we get to showcase our broad capabilities in placemaking. These contracts not only allow us to demonstrate our expertise across energy, services and regeneration; but provides us with the opportunity to apply our long-term investment model, by taking an equity stake in the scheme. This assures our partners and students of our long-term commitment to Leicester and its university. “We have delivered several similar

higher education projects across the country and we’re delighted to be working with the University of Leicester, as well as Equitix, on such a remarkable scheme that will create a lasting legacy in Leicester.”


Jake Fellows, major projects director and project lead at Engie, adds: “Working collaboratively with the university, Equitix and the wider stakeholder group, we have been able to effectively design and mobilise this extremely exciting project. “This development will deliver a

significant regeneration of the Freemens Common site, providing market-leading accommodation for the university to support their recruitment strategy, as well as demonstrating the capability and experience of our team and supply chain to respond to complex projects of this nature.” Martyn Riddleston, chief financial

officer for university of Leicester, says: “The Freemen’s Common development is an exciting and 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.” Building work is likely to commence in

September 2019 and will take three years to complete.


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