£45m Aberystwyth University Halls Project Boost for Local Economy
A construction firm undertaking a £45m student halls project in Aberystwyth says it is committed to using local businesses where possible to help boost the local building industry. Balfour Beatty was appointed preferred bidder for the £45 million Penglais Farm scheme which will provide en-suite accommodation for 1,000 students including a communal hub facility with social and learning facilities. The first students are expected to take up residence in September 2014.
Last week a Meet Balfour Beatty day was held at Aberystwyth University to encourage local businesses to get involved in the delivery of the university's new student accommodation development. The day was planned to give the local supply chain an opportunity to meet representatives from Balfour Beatty and to hear about the opportunities this project will bring during construction and operations.
A presentation was delivered by David Williams, Project Manager from Balfour Beatty, in which he highlighted Balfour Beatty’s commitment to local procurement, protecting local jobs, supporting business growth, training, apprenticeships and fair payment terms.
Steve Spall, Bid Director, Balfour Beatty, said: “We are delighted to be working with Aberystwyth University on a project that will have a significant impact for the University and the student experience, providing high quality, sustainable accommodation. This event has helped us identify the local businesses that have the skills required for this project, ensuring positive benefits for the local economy.”