Kier been awarded the contract to construct Plymouth’s tallest-ever building, it has been revealed.The budget for the Beckley Court project has been set at £29.5 million. It will be a 22-storey student accommodation block, standing at 78 metres tall. This means it will tower over the 14-floor civic centre that is currently the city’s tallest building. It will become home to 507 students across 164,935 sq ft of living space.They will be housed in a mixture of cluster flats, studios and two-bedroom apartments. Residents will be able to take advantage of a range of facilities, including a laundrette, reception area, common rooms and a management suite.The ground and lower ground floors will be at least partly used for commercial ventures, which it is hoped will offer useful amenities to the residents and the wider community.Anthony Irving, Kier Construction’s managing director for the south-west and Wales, said: "This landmark project, which will be one of the tallest buildings in the South West, is a significant win for our Devon and Cornwall team, and forms a key part of Vision 2020, Kier's strategy for growth."The delivery of this major flagship project will require around 200 people working on site at its peak, which means it's also an important scheme for Plymouth and the city's economy, creating valuable employment and training opportunities in our local supply chain."Chief executive of Threesixty Developments Bob Crompton welcomed the appointment, and said that he was keen to work with the city council to create a building of the architectural quality that Plymouth deserved.Work is expected to begin at the end of November, as the first students are slated to move in at the beginning of the 2017/18 academic year. Demolition of an existing six-storey structure on the site is already underway.
Kier to build Plymouth’s tallest tower
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