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West Park Student Residences Project

West Park Student Residences Project

The University is seeking to increase the density of accommodation on Streatham Campus 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 also look at the conversion of catered to self-catered accommodation blocks in the Birks Grange Village complex.

This will include redeveloping the reception, catered dining halls and the Market Place Village Shop (Birks Grange Central Block) into further accommodation and amenity space including study, social and in-house commercial space. 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 Grounds Compound, which will be relocated from the west of campus to the north east, at the top of Rennes Drive.

UPP have been appointed as the preferred contractor to design, build, fund and operate the new accommodation.

As the appointed contractor, UPP will refine the designs and plans for the new development, complete planning requirements and finalise the funding of the scheme.

Project update

Next steps

The West Park Student Residences Reserved Matters Planning Application (ref: 22/1746/RES) was approved by Exeter City Council at a planning committee meeting on Monday 19 June 2023. This follows the scheme being granted Outline Planning consent in September 2021.

The new Grounds Compound Reserved Matters Planning Application (ref: 22/1735/RES) was also approved by Exeter City Council in June 2023.

The projects are both subject to final University Council approval. We are now working with UPP to review the programme for the projects. We will provide an update on the timescales as soon as we know.

If you have an questions about the project, please get in touch with the project team at 

University colleagues can take a look at the Frequently Asked Questions, or alternatively speak to your line manager. 


Contact us

Peter Bilverstone is the Project Manager for the West Park project.

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