Engineering firm wins contract for student accommodation scheme

Engineering specialist SES Engineering Services’ (SES) has announced a further contract win in the student accommodation sector.

Working on behalf of main contractor and part investor, GRAHAM, SES has been appointed to provide a full range of MEP design and installation services on 730 student bedrooms at the University of York’s £130m Heslington East campus.

This accommodation, which is currently under construction is located on the North side of the campus and forms part of the wider investment the university is making across the whole campus to increase its volume of student accommodation.

In addition to the bedrooms, there will be a central hub providing reception facilities and communal spaces.

With a raft of successful student accommodation schemes already to its credit, having installed services to 8,000 student beds in the last six years, SES says it is fully versed in the MEP requirements of projects of this scale.

This project marks the second time that the contractors have worked together and follows on from the successful delivery in 2014, of a similar scheme in Salford.

Designed to meet BREEAM Very Good, SES will contribute to this by maximising its offsite prefabrication capabilities using Prism, its in-house manufacturing facility in Coventry.

Steve Joyce, SES’ business director North and Scotland, said: “We are delighted to have the opportunity to build on our previous success with GRAHAM and to be working on such a key accommodation scheme for the university.

“SES has a proven track record in the sector with over 8,000 student bedrooms delivered to date by offices in the North.

“We look forward to supporting the university as it continues to develop the Heslington East Campus.”

Strategic projects director at GRAHAM, Neil McFarlane, said: “SES’ extensive experience in the student accommodation sector has great synergy with our own, making them an ideal project partner to join our team.

“We are proud to be working on such an important scheme for the university as part of its need to meet the growing demand for students to study in York.”

SES is expected to begin on site in October 2020.