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£75m Newcastle Student Accommodation Taking Shape

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Building work for Newcastle University's largest student accommodation scheme is well underway with the arrival of the first building pods.

The £75 million scheme is situated on Richardson Road and consists of six new start-of-the-art buildings, which will form the Park View Student Village.

The first two blocks were completed in 2013 and 2015 respectively and in total created 663 student beds.

The final four buildings will be delivered in phases with two buildings scheduled for completion in August 2017 totalling 564 student bedrooms.

The remaining 756 beds are expected to be delivered in 2018, bringing the total student bedrooms at the village to over 1,900.

The newly built blocks will feature a distinctive modular design, consisting of pre-fabricated pods produced in China and shipped to Newcastle.

Commenting on the construction, Paul Bandeen, head of residences at Newcastle University, said: "After a long period of careful planning, it's extremely exciting to see the first modules arriving and the accommodation starting to take shape.

"Park View Student Village will offer a top class living environment to all of our prospective students when it opens in 2018".

As part of the redevelopment project, Newcastle University worked closely with charities to donate 6,500 out of the 10,000 items of furniture from the existing site and students have been involved in the planning and design project.