University Partnerships Programme, one of the UK’s largest providers of student accommodation, is to design, build, finance and operate a major new development for Leeds Metropolitan University.

It said today it planned the £26m ‘eco-residence scheme’, called Carnegie Village, on the university’s Headingley campus. It will comprise 479 rooms for students.

Shepherd Construction is the contractor and UPP Residential Services will provide facilities management services to the development, which will be held on a 45-year lease.

Barclays bank funding

Barclays Bank is funding the scheme. It is the second University Partnerships Programme it has funded.

Sean O’Shea, managing director of University Partnerships, said: ‘This marks our second accommodation project with Leeds Metropolitan, following an earlier scheme in 2005. We have a real partnership built on solid financial foundations.

‘Leeds Metropolitan has also adopted the Eco-Residence design that is currently flourishing at Lancaster University and in development at other UPP schemes. It marks a major step forward in sustainability and energy efficiency.’

Stephen Willis, director of finance & resources at Leeds Metropolitan University, said: ‘Carnegie Village is set to be a landmark scheme, with the Eco-Residences reinforcing our position as a high-quality and environmentally conscious university able to attract the best students.'

UPP is already working on site at Carnegie Village and the development is scheduled for completion in August 2009.