Belfast Telegraph

Co Down firm to start work on campus for university

By Caitríona Mc Bride

A Co Down construction company has got the green light to start work on a £130m contract for a major 1,480-bed student accommodation project in England.

Graham Construction, which is based in Hillsborough, confirmed that funds can now be released so the project for the University of York can start.

The Northern Ireland firm is also an investor as part of a consortium with Equitix, a fund manager of core infrastructure assets.

Construction for the project, which has been designed by architects Sheppard Robson, will be completed for the 2022 academic year.

Neil McFarlane, strategic projects director at Graham, said: "This is an exciting step forward for the University of York's ambitious plans to deliver a new kind of campus for its academic community.

"We have considerable experience of working in the higher education sector and we will draw on this knowledge to deliver high-quality accommodation for the student body.

"We're proud to be associated with such a talented project team who are as excited as we are to get started and bring the university's vision to life."

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