Residences ready by September

left to right (Heriot-Watt halls of residence topping-out ceremony)'Professor Alison Harley, Head of the School of Textiles & Design, Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, and Brian McQuade, Managing Director, Scotland, Miller Construction.

left to right (Heriot-Watt halls of residence topping-out ceremony)'Professor Alison Harley, Head of the School of Textiles & Design, Professor Steve Chapman, Principal of Heriot-Watt University, and Brian McQuade, Managing Director, Scotland, Miller Construction.

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THE latest stage of Heriot-Watt University’s new £12million halls of residences at its Borders campus has been finished.

Completion of the construction phase means the buildings, at Netherdale, will be ready for the arrival of the new batch of first-year students in September. The topping-out ceremony was attended by university principal Professor Steve Chapman and Brian McQuade, Scottish managing director for Miller Construction.

Professor Chapman said: “We are all delighted that the project has reached this important milestone, on time and within budget, and are looking forward to the successful handover of the completed and fully fitted-out buildings on the agreed date.”

The previous residences development was built in the early 1970s, but has been renovated and will include 218 single-bed spaces, each with en-suite provision, kitchens, lounges and ancillary facilities.

Mr McQuade added: “The project is on target to complete in July and we are enjoying the relationship we have with Heriot-Watt, which will see the delivery of a facility which will be of great benefit to students studying at the Scottish Borders Campus.”