UPP preferred bidder for University of Exeter scheme

UPP announced as preferred bidder for innovative, sustainable student accommodation scheme at the University of Exeter.

University of Exeter. UPP is the preferred bidder for an innovative, sustainable on-campus student scheme | PBSA News
University of Exeter. UPP is the preferred bidder for an innovative, sustainable on-campus student scheme.

UPP has been selected as the preferred bidder to deliver the design, development, financing and operation of the University of Exeter’s Clydesdale & Birks residential project – a leading-edge campus development scheme. The project will develop over 1,700 new student rooms, refurbish 300 existing bedrooms at Birks Grange, and create a new grounds compound for the university. The scheme will deliver the largest and most innovative on-campus Passivhaus scheme in the sector, which will set a high benchmark for truly sustainable student accommodation development in the future.

The appointment of UPP will see a widening and deepening of UPP’s existing partnership with Exeter – one stretching back well over a decade. During that time, UPP has developed, and now operates, over 4,000 rooms on campus. This latest transaction further cements the positive collaboration between the partnership. Once the new scheme is delivered, UPP will be operating over 6,000 rooms on the University’s Streatham Campus.

“We are delighted to be chosen to deliver the next phase of the University’s campus development plan. Exeter is a world-class institution and a valued partnership. This project is a great example of collaboration and innovation in action with the design and delivery of a truly leading edge, large scale Passivhaus scheme at Clydesdale and Birks, as well as retrofit of existing accommodation to EnerPHit standards. We look forward to working with the University to realise this scheme and provide its student residents with a fantastic, sustainable living and learning experience.”

Elaine Hewitt, Chief Executive Officer, UPP

UPP and the University of Exeter will now work to reach financial close by summer 2023. Following this, construction will start immediately with the first phase of the development due to become operational for the 2025/26 academic year. The remaining bedrooms will be finished to welcome students into the wholly completed development in September 2026.

“We are delighted to extend our on-going partnership with UPP. Our plan to develop more purpose-built, self-catered student bedrooms on campus will allow us to offer more students an excellent living experience.

“The project supports our ambitious aims to achieve carbon neutrality and, working with UPP, we are aiming to reduce our impact on the environment and ecology in the area, whilst using sustainable materials and construction practices to achieve strenuous Passivhaus and BREEAM standards. This approach to development is crucial in our drive to reduce our carbon footprint and to lead the way for university accommodation across the country.

“Feedback from students living in UPP’s East Park residences, which completed in 2021, has been incredibly positive and we look forward to working in partnership with UPP on how these new residences on the west of Streatham Campus will take shape.”

Mike Shore-Nye, Registrar and Secretary, University of Exeter