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Building Works Begin on £34.5m Bath Student Accommodation

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The University of Bath is to start the building work for two new student accommodation blocks equipped with nearly 300 bedrooms.

The newly built student accommodation will be targeted towards those studying doctoral degrees and as such the development will include communal areas, which will have boardroom-style meeting rooms.

Situated to the west of the university's Claverton Down campus at Polden Court, the £34.5 million development will offer students en-suite bedrooms in 37 flats arranged around a landscaped courtyard.

The university's president and vice-chancellors Professor Dame Glynis Breakwell, said: "Today marks the beginning of what will be a major addition to our university.

"In offering our future postgraduate students the highest quality accommodation, Polden will help us to grow our doctoral student population - an essential element of our new strategy."

The development has been designed with postgraduate student needs in mind. As a result, there will be dedicated communal learning spaces with the latest audio-visual facilities and each bedroom will have increased storage and a good-sized study space.

Permission to build the accommodation was granted in May last year by Bath and North East Somerset Council planners, with the site due to open in Autumn 2018.