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Clydesdale and Birks Residential Project


The University is seeking to increase the density of accommodation and in so doing demolish outdated accommodation in the Clydesdale and Nash Grove area and build new, modern, purpose-built student living facilities.

This will reduce pressure on the University seeking third party accommodation providers in the city and allow the institution to continue offering students an excellent on-campus living experience.

The project will look at the conversion of catered to self-catered accommodation blocks in the Birks Grange Village complex.

This would include the redevelopment of the reception and cafe area (Birks Grange Central Block) into further accommodation and including study and social spaces, a shop and café. The catered Birks Grange blocks A-E will undergo a refurbishment and will provide modern self-catered accommodation once completed.

New accommodation is also proposed on the site of the University’s Estate Services Centre, which will be relocated from the west of campus to the north east, at the top of Rennes Drive.

Project update

The project was granted planning approval by Exeter City Council in May 2021, following a public consultation on the proposals in February 2020.

The University is currently in the final stages of appointing a contractor to design, build, fund and operate the new accommodation. The plans are subject to University Council approval, and we expect to have a decision on the forward plan for the project and the appointed contractor in the coming months.  

Once a contractor has been appointed, we should have more detail on the programme and timescales for the construction.

We expect construction to start on the project in summer 2023. The build will take place in phases, and we expect the new accommodation to start to become available from 2025. 


Next steps

Information will be shared with University colleagues in key service areas at briefing sessions in the coming months. Further briefings will take place as the project progresses and we would encourage colleagues to attend.

If colleagues have any questions about the proposals, please take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions, or alternatively speak to your line manager or email the project team at 

Contact us

Peter Bilverstone is the Project Manager for the Clydesdale and Birks project.

If you have any queries or questions about the project please email and we will get back to you.