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Mace Appoints Contractors for Major Student Scheme in Exeter

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Mace, the consultancy and construction company, has appointed contractors to build two student accommodation developments in Exeter and Cardiff that combined will provide more than 1,000 beds.

In Exeter, Mace has appointed Sir Robert McAlpine to deliver a mixed-use scheme of 599 student beds and roughly 20,000 sq ft of retail space.

The development site is situated on Belgrave Road in the city centre, and sits adjacent to one of Exeter City Council's future development sites, which has been earmarked for a major leisure focused mixed-use scheme.

The student development in Cardiff is being built on the former West Wing of the Cardiff Royal Infirmary, located on Glossop Road in the Adamsdown area of the city.

Commenting on the appointment of the contractors, David Grover, Mace's chief operating office for development, said: "The appointment of contractors for these schemes marks a major step forward for our student housing portfolio. Over the last two years, Mace has been strategically investing in a diverse portfolio of student housing projects across the UK's major university towns. We are continuing this approach and are still looking for potential development sites.

"The schemes themselves will have a major impact in both cities, helping to deliver sustainable economic growth, reduce the pressure on local housing stock and make Cardiff and Exeter more attractive to potential students."