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Project hits key milestone as East Slope site is handed over for development

Simon Neale, Director of Estates hands over the East Slope site to Balfour Beatty Project Director Adam Tyson

The University has handed over the East Slope site to construction partner Balfour Beatty, marking the commencement of the next phase of our new student accommodation. The footprint of the area to be developed takes in the 590 old East Slope bedrooms which were built in the 1970s, as well as the East Slope bar and car park.

A team of staff from Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF) and the University worked late into the evening on Saturday and Sunday, ensuring that the last occupants of East Slope departed safely and that the site was secured, with all of the services and utilities disconnected. 

To complete the handover of the site, Director of Estates Simon Neale met with leaders from Balfour Beatty on Monday morning (18 June) to inspect the site and to verify that everything had been effectively decommissioned.

Simon said: “Months of planning and preparation involving a large, cross-functional team have gone in to ensuring that the utilities and telecommunications services to East Slope were disconnected safely, and within an ambitious, 48-hour timeline. This was a complex programme, and I would like to thank everyone who worked so hard in the run-up to, and during, the decommissioning weekend to ensure that the site was ready for this important milestone on time.”

Over 300 bedrooms in the new East Slope development will be ready for the first residents this September, with the finished accommodation housing 2,100 students by the end of 2021. Once complete, it will also include several retail units and a student services ‘one-stop-shop’.

Posted on behalf of: University of Sussex
Last updated: Monday, 18 June 2018


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