University of the Highlands and Islands New Campus
University of the Highlands and Islands opens residences on Inverness Campus
Wednesday 31 August 2016
The University of the Highlands and Islands has opened new student residences on Inverness Campus. Students are moving into the £6 million facility this week in time for the start of the new academic year. The development, which was built by Robertson Northern, will provide accommodation for up to 150 students a year in single rooms with shared kitchens and studio rooms with private cooking facilities.
Fiona Larg, the university’s chief operating officer and secretary, said: “We are delighted with our new residences on Inverness Campus and are excited to see students settling into them for the first time. Students are at the heart of what we do and the provision of suitable accommodation is an important asset in supporting current students and attracting new ones.”
Robertson Northern started work on the residences in September 2015. Frank Reid, regional director of Robertson Northern, explained: “Despite extremely challenging conditions, we were able to complete the build in good time for the new academic year. By using pre-fabricated frames from our specialist timber frame division, we were able to reduce construction time without comprising on design, quality or cost – helping to ensure Inverness students have access to first-rate accommodation well ahead of schedule.”
The Inverness development is part of the university’s project to build and operate residences around the Highlands and Islands. A 40-bed facility opened in Fort William this summer and the university has plans to build residences in other locations, including Elgin and Dornoch.
Specialist developer, Cityheart, is responsible for the construction and operation of the university’s new residences. Group development director Patrick Hughes said: “Cityheart is delighted to have had the opportunity to work with the university in the development of student accommodation in Inverness. The project has been an exciting one for us and we look forward to welcoming students into the development.”