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Balfour Beatty have marked the start of work on new student accommodation at the University of Sussex with a ground-breaking ceremony.

Representatives from the university, Brighton & Hove Council, and Balfour Beatty all turned up as work officially commenced on the first phase which will replace previous student dwellings that were built in the 1970s.

The project will create even more student accommodation, replacing 590 units with 2,117 student rooms in a mixture of townhouses and flats.

All will benefit from communal space including kitchens, a laundry and common rooms, while a new students’ union building will also be found on the site at East Slope.

New facilities at the student village will provide a wide range of activities, which will include study, socialising, events and volunteering.

David Swarbrick, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty Investments, is delighted with this ‘significant milestone’.

He said: “This event marks the start of construction of the East Slope Residences project and a significant milestone in our partnership with the university.”

Phase I will be completed by October 2018, and the whole development will be finished by 2020.