Caledonian secures £25m Wembley student accommodation project

12th July, 2019

Caledonian, working with Bowmer + Kirkland, has been awarded a £25m contract to manufacture  the accommodation modules as part of a £54m development for the University Campus of Football Business, First Way Campus in Wembley. 

The majority of the 678 bedrooms have now been manufactured by Caledonian at its 40 acre site in Newark, Nottinghamshire. They will be installed by the company utilising its sector leading modular building system. At 10 storeys, the project really shows what is possible with Caledonian’s modular building solutions.

On this project, the Caledonian approach and recent advances in process will provide bedrooms that are 96% complete prior to shipping to site.

Caledonian was selected because the company demonstrated how its modular building system would help meet the strict deadline dates on this project, which required handover by July 2020 in time for  Euro 2020.

Fire compliance capabilities of the Caledonian modular system also featured highly in the selection process, due to the high rise nature of the 10 storey development. Caledonian provided the client and design team with confidence post Grenfell, providing a pre-engineered fire compliant modular solution suitable for a development of this scale.

Damian Flood, CEO of Cole Waterhouse, said: “We liked the modular building solution proposed by Bowmer + Kirkland and its supply partner Caledonian for First Way Campus because it was a practical way of meeting the strict schedule.

We are providing Wembley and the UCFB students with a fantastic campus that will include a number of facilities for students including purpose built accommodation (678 beds), seminar rooms and staff office spaces as well as amenities such as a café style restaurant, a gym and library/IT suite.”

Paul Lang, CEO of Caledonian Modular, said: “Our ability to deliver to a strict schedule and have an existing fire compliant solution made a compelling proposition for First Way Campus. The development rises to 10 storeys and that really shows what is possible with our modular building solution.”

First Way Campus is situated a few minutes’ walk from Wembley Stadium, and will include a mix of purpose-built student accommodation as well as academic, office and outdoor space.  

Developers Cole Waterhouse brokered a deal with Unite Students, a leading provider of student accommodation in the UK. Caledonian has incorporated the Unite requirements into the design to provide a higher standard student living experience than is traditionally expected.



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