New build Elgin student accommodation to open this month

NEW STUDENT ACCOMMODATION created for those studying at Moray College UHI will see 40 flats being made available for the first time later this month.

The project on Alba Road in Elgin has been part of the University of the Highlands and Islands’ £16.3million project in Moray, Dornoch and Inverness.

Specialist developer Cityheart was contracted to build the accommodation close to the University campus, with each development part of a wider project to build and operate residences around the Highlands and Islands.

The first phase saw a similar 40-bed facility open at West Highland College UHI in Fort William and a 150-bed facility open at Inverness Campus last summer.

Speaking about the new development, Fiona Larg, the university’s chief operating officer and secretary, said: “We are excited that the second phase of our residences project is nearing completion.

“Students are at the heart of what we do and the provision of suitable accommodation is an important asset in supporting current students and attracting new ones.”

Cityheart, has been responsible for overseeing the construction and operation of the new residences.

Patrick Hughes, group development director for the firm, said: “We are delighted to see our phase II developments for the University of the Highlands and Islands progressing so well.

“Student residents will benefit from the highest quality, fit for purpose student accommodation available at each location. We also look forward to working further with the university on phase III of its development plans.”

Robertson Northern constructed the Elgin accommodation with their managing director, Frank Reid, adding: “The University of the Highlands and Islands continues to be a terrific draw for students from across the region and further afield. These new developments will help to meet the need for more, and better, accommodation for these young people.”