A £12million project to create new living accommodation for Heriot-Watt University students in Galashiels was launched at an official groundbreaking ceremony at the campus.
Attending the event was university principal Professor Steve Chapman, head of Heriot-Watt’s School of Textiles and Design Alison Harley and Liam Hanlon, regional operations director for main contractor Miller Construction.
The development will be progressed in phases, following the recent major upgrade of the academic facilities at Netherdale, with the initial stage providing 218 bed spaces due for completion next summer.
Professor Chapman told us: “These new residences will be a major improvement to the current student halls. They will replace facilities which are reaching the end of their useful lifespan with modern, attractive and welcoming accommodation with generous space and of a standard which will be at the leading edge of market expectations.
“The design has been developed by a team experienced in this sector, but has also evolved in consultation with staff who will operate and maintain them and, crucially, with students.”
The accommodation will comprise single rooms, each with en-suite provision, kitchens, lounges and ancillary facilities, with some of the rooms arranged as five-bedroom “cluster” flats.