On Friday 22 February a ceremony was held to mark work being completed at the highest point of the new £25m Hythe Mills eight-storey student housing block in Colchester, Essex.

Colchester Mayor, Peter Chillingworth, and Mayoress, Ann Chillingworth, joined developers Future Generation and Kier to mark the occasion by pouring a local beer for good luck, and filling a final pocket with cement on the roof of the building. Guests also included the Essex Students Union, Essex University and the rest of the project team.

Kier were appointed to construct the the 7,300sqm scheme in April 2018 and are due to complete in August in time for the 2019/20 academic year. The build will include 229 student bedrooms with a mix of en-suite and studios, as well as student union space, bike and car parking and a fitness studio.

Andrew Southern, chairman, Future Generation said: “Demand for high quality student accommodation in Colchester is growing as Essex University continues to stamp its mark with UK and European students.

“We have worked closely with the Essex Students Union to deliver terrific accommodation at affordable prices – two thirds or more of our rooms will be less than the average market rents.

“Hythe Mills and all of our student housing schemes are designed to encourage greater interaction between students whilst promoting healthy living.”