MAC Construction Consultants have been appointed by GRAHAM – a building, engineering and facilities management specialist – to provide Disability, Access & Equality Consultancy services on the University of York Campus East Residencies.
The firm has joined the construction team to ensure that the University can provide a leading UK standard residential property which is accessible and inclusive to all.
The 1,480-bed will have outstanding amenities, providing generous space centres, fluid access to wheelchair users, suitable sanitary provision and features that will aid people with visual, hearing and cognitive difficulties in navigating the building.
The project, located on the west side of the University’s Campus East, will provide better connections between Campus East and West, playing a role in the University’s ‘Campus Masterplan’ – a framework that outlines how it will develop its ‘campus for the future’.
Preparatory works have now begun on site and construction on the project is expected to complete in 2022.
Neil McFarlane, Strategic Projects Director at GRAHAM commented: “Our ongoing work with MAC Construction Consultants means that we can provide the best possible services to the University of York, helping ensure the residencies are accessible to everyone in the University’s student community.
“There has been a lot of focus on ensuring that the construction activities are carefully managed to ensure that as little disruption to campus life is made.”
Richard Dryden, National Lead for Safety, Health & Environment (SHE) and Project Services at MAC commented: “By being involved with this project in the early stages we have been able to work with the university to be able to design the space to respond to the needs of a wide range of people meaning we can really fly the flag for truly amazing disability, access and equality type spaces.”