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New Wembley Accommodation Tops Out

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The developers of a new block of student accommodation in Wembley have held a topping out ceremony to celebrate the installation of the final module.

The 678-bed scheme is being built by Bowmer + Kirkland and will lead to the delivery of more than 37,000 sq ft of commercial and academic space, including sports labs, a cafe, gym, library and rooftop terraces.

The new First Way Campus will be occupied by Burnley-based University Campus of Football Business (UCFB) and owned by Unite Students.

UCFB already operates campuses at Burnley's Turf Moor, in addition to Manchester City's Etihad Stadium and Wembley.

The pre-manufactured modules make up the bedrooms, kitchens and corridors of the residential areas of the project.

Commenting on the build, Damian Flood, Cole Waterhouse chief executive, said: "It is great that the final unit was able to be lifted into place in such a short space of time."

"We decided on a modular design to ensure swift installation with limited delays and to achieve the highest level of build quality possible. We are delighted that First Way Wembley is nearing completion and look forward to handing over to UCFB and Unite by July."

Meanwhile, UCFB chairman Brendon Flood, added: "The First Way project represents a significant investment for UCFB in new facilities for both our students and staff within the Wembley Campus."

"We plan to invest further in an innovative fit out to provide exciting new degree programmes and a fabulous student experience. We are grateful for the hard work and expertise of the Cole Waterhouse team and Bowmer + Kirkland, and we look forward to moving in this Summer."