THE University of Chester is poised to begin work on new student accommodation on campus following a finance package arranged with Santander Corporate Banking.
The university is one of the oldest English higher education establishments, pre-dating all but Oxford, Cambridge, London and Durham, and its original buildings in the ancient city of Chester were the first in the country to be purpose-built for the professional training of teachers.
Since its inception, it has increased in size and reputation, and is now one of the largest employers and contributors to the local economy.
The multi-million-pound investment will fund the construction of a new student accommodation block, providing high grade, self-contained apartments to house 202 students, with bedrooms, study space, en-suite bathrooms and galley kitchens, together with a communal reception, function room and laundry facilities.
The new building will be situated opposite the library on the main Chester campus and should be completed and ready for occupation with the new student intake in 2013.
In another exciting development designed to enhance the student experience further, Santander has opened a fully-serviced branch on campus, with a 24-hour, free ATM machine, which is also available to the wider community.
Professor Tim Wheeler, Vice Chancellor of the University of Chester, said: “We have a fantastic student community that contributes a significant amount to our local area.
“This new development will complement our existing accommodation portfolio and ensure we continue to attract the best students.”