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New £4m student accommodation for Bishop Otter Campus

On 29 August 2006, Richard Hoare, OBE, a member of the University’s Board of Governors, formally opened the new £4m student accommodation development on the Bishop Otter Campus, Chichester. From September 2006, an additional 124 first year students will be accommodated in the new residences.

Designed by Chichester architects, Harding, Neill & Watson, the three blocks are constructed into self-catering ‘family’ units comprising four study bedrooms, each with en suite facilities and a shared lounge/dining area and kitchen. The development, built by W Stirland of Birdham, includes six fully accessible study bedrooms and en-suite bathrooms designed for students with physical disabilities and a new laundry area has been included in the design for use by all students living on the Campus. The 124 new rooms bring the University’s total number of student residences to 435 on the Bishop Otter Campus in College Lane, Chichester and 240 rooms on the Bognor Regis Campus.

In accordance with tradition, Bishop Otter residences are named after former local Bishops - Bishop Wilfrid (Bishop of Selsey 681-716), and two former Bishops of Chichester - Bishop Edward Story (1478-1504) and Bishop Lancelot Andrewes (1605-1609). The University’s Conference and Accommodation Office is located on the ground floor of Bishop Andrewes where staff are on hand to meet delegates attending conferences and events at the University throughout the year and guests using the University’s bed and breakfast facilities during the vacation periods.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Philip Robinson, said, “These new additional rooms provide an excellent addition to the University’s student accommodation. Students allocated rooms in Bishop Wilfrid, Bishop Andrewes and Bishop Story will have the benefit of living in small groups, where they can cater for themselves in the communal kitchen, dining and lounge area but enjoy the privacy of their own room with Internet access and an en-suite bathroom.”

In formally opening the new residences, Richard Hoare said the University was pleased to work with local firms on this important addition to the Campus and congratulated the architects and contractors in working with University staff to ensure the project was brought in on time and to budget.