This is one of the few areas of construction activity to avoid the impact of the global economic downturn and HCD enjoys long-term relationships with some of the biggest players in the industry. Together they are providing accommodation that meets modern standards of comfort, access and sustainability.
According to research by commercial property and real estate services adviser CBRE, of the £2.1bn invested into student accommodation in 2013, around 88% (£1.8bn) was invested in regional schemes, across 30 different UK towns and cities. This is the second consecutive year that markets outside of London had capital flows of over £1.5 billion.
Our market-leading reputation has been built by helping clients achieve cost certainty through our proactive approach.We work through the design process to help set the benchmark for affordable, sustainable design while offering synergies through our integrated methodology which combines Building Control, Fire Engineering and CDMC services.
“We have an excellent reputation with our clients who recognise our ability to continually deliver high quality, often complex developments, ahead of programme and to budget. We are able to offer a complete turnkey solution, from project planning and finance, through site preparation and construction, to letting and long term property management. To achieve this we rely on the support of experts such as HCD, whose input into the design process is invaluable in ensuring our investment expectations are realised.”
Eric Pritchard, Director, Watkin Jones – £30m teaching and student accommodation project for the University of Portsmouth.