Midas hands over student village
Construction company, Midas, celebrated the completion of
the new £11 million student accommodation village at
the Tremough Campus in Penryn on Monday 4 June with the official
handover of the site to University College Falmouth and the
University of Exeter.
University College Falmouth's Principal, Professor
Alan Livingston, received keys to the new student village
from Midas operational project manager Keith Hosen. Representatives
from both universities, invited special guests and members
of the project team gathered together to celebrate its completion
and enjoyed a tour of the new facilities.
Steve Hindley, Chairman of the Midas Group, congratulated
University College Falmouth and the University of Exeter on
their vision and dedication to creating such first class student
facilities within Cornwall.
He said: "This is the second phase in a two part
project that will provide students at the Tremough Campus
with one of the most comfortable and modern halls of residence
within any university throughout the UK. The facilities here
are sure to attract talented students from across the country
which has to be good news for the wider community. Businesses
in Cornwall need to ensure they encourage these young people
to stay and put their skills to good use for the benefit of
the local economy once they graduate."
University College Falmouth Principal Professor Alan Livingston
commented: "I am delighted to receive the keys to
this new phase of student accommodation, which is of an exceptionally
high standard. University College Falmouth prides itself on
offering a distinctive learning environment and this standard
of accommodation certainly complements that ethos. I would
like to extend my thanks to Midas and all the contractors
who have been involved in delivering this project on time
and on budget and we look forward to welcoming our students
to this new facility from September."
The new student village at the Tremough campus near Penryn
has more than 290 study bedrooms, two staff flats, three launderettes,
an administration building, surfboard lockers and bicycle
storage. Each study/bedroom has satellite TV, broadband connections,
inter-room telephone systems and ergonomically designed furniture.
Following a competition, organised by Midas, for a student
to design the perfect surfboard storage area to stow away
their surfboards safely, University of Exeter's student
Jonathon Milne's winning designed earned him a crate
of beer donated by Skinners Brewery. Seeing the surfboard
store for the first time Managing Director Steve Skinner at
Skinners Brewery said: "Jonathon has come up with
an excellent design and we are very happy to be able to reward
him for his hard work and creativity. As a Cornish company,
we are very excited to be involved with this new development
at Tremough which will benefit the students, the university
and the economy of the county as a whole."
The incoming President for FXU, the combined Students'
Union for University College Falmouth and the University of
Exeter at Tremough, Steve Whiting, said: "These
facilities are great, especially for first year students who
are often living away from home for the first time. The accommodation
is just so comfortable and the village has a real community
feel to it."
The completion of the new accommodation follows the first
phase of building finished in August 2004, also undertaken
by Midas, when 500 en suite rooms were handed over to the
two institutions who jointly manage the Tremough Campus. The
second phase has been designed and built in the same style
as the first using a low rise 'village street'
design. As before, traditional Cornish finishes such as granite,
slate and cedar have been used to blend the student village
into the local surroundings.
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