St Andrews Begins University Halls Expansion

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The University of St Andrews has got the ball rolling on its £70 million student accommodation project.

The university has submitted two separate applications to expand its halls of residences to increase the number of available student bed spaces.

Planning applications were put forward to extend the Agnes Blackadder Hall and the University Hall. Once complete the extended accommodation will provide a further 360 student beds.

The plans fall within the university's wider ambition to provide 900 extra beds for students, which once complete would increase the amount of accommodation to 4,900 beds.

Construction work is expected to start in August of this year, with the project due for completion in time for the 2018/19 academic term.

Commenting on the development, the university said: "St Andrews has always been a small university, and intends to stay relatively small. The intimacy of the town, the closeness of the community and the interaction of town and gown are key elements of the St Andrews experience.

"However, we do plan managed, moderate student growth over the next 10 years."

The university suggested the aforementioned growth will allow the institution to resist inflationary pressures on its cost base, but does require additional investment into student housing.

Part of the plans also include the refurbishment of Gregory Place, Old Wing University Hall, and Andrew Melville Hall.

St Andrews Community Council have welcomed the development and at a recent planning meeting no objections were raised.