Accommodation in Fort William Highlands
The University associated with Highlands and Islands has finalized a £44m contract with specialist student residences developer Cityheart to construct and operate student residences throughout the Highlands and Islands.
Work with stage 1 of the task is a result of start in next week on a 40 bed residence in Fort William near West Highland College UHI on An Aird and a 150 bed center near Inverness university UHI regarding brand-new Inverness Campus. Both jobs, valued at £10m as a whole, are caused by be completed in time for new pupils showing up in September 2016.
Lydia Rohmer, main and leader of western Highland College UHI warmly welcomed the beginning of the project:
“The building of a separate pupil residence in Fort William underlines our continued determination to help make Fort William an institution town associated with the Highlands and Islands, offering neighborhood options with nationwide and worldwide reach.
“We have actually around 200 students learning for Higher Education qualifications currently, and also this number is projected to rise to 300 across next three years. Most these pupils can be found in our Fort William university, so having student residences is a built-in part to the power to attract skilled learners in to the location, from Scotland, the remainder of UK, European countries and beyond. We have been highly effective in attracting even more pupils 12 months on year for our special package of exterior Adventure Tourism and Sports levels, supplying an extremely employable graduate abilities push towards exterior Capital for the UNITED KINGDOM therefore the adventure business beyond, many of whom stay to get results locally or create new organizations. Having introduced brand new degrees in Marine and Coastal Tourism plus Adventure Performance and Coaching in 2010, we have been building a BEd (Hons) Outdoor training and Leadership* for 2016/17 (at the mercy of validation), that may concentrate on the part associated with educator in outside adventure sector. This, with the increasing range and wide range of Further knowledge classes our company is exposing every year, ensures that we could proudly claim become offering a aspirational discovering experience in Fort William both for worldwide students and those from much nearer to home.
John C Hutchison MBE JP, seat of the Board of control in addition commented:
“The considerable financial share which this project brings on Fort William location through the building process, continuous building management, the increased quantity of pupils it'll entice in addition to better skills amounts in your workforce can only just be great for Fort William, for Lochaber and for the Highlands as a whole.”
An extra stage, valued at £34m, will discover Cityheart seeking more suitable development internet sites for the university’s area with a view to providing another 470 pupil beds by September 2017.
“This is great development for the current and future pupils over the Highlands and isles location, ” said Principal and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Clive Mulholland.
“Cityheart has actually a great history of developing and managing pupil residences over the UK and then we are very happy to have them using the services of united states regarding the firstly many jobs across our area.”
“Our pupils are at the center of every thing we do and we tend to be assessed by their particular success. The provision of ideal accommodation is important in delivering a university with an increase of happy and higher attaining pupils.