Date published: October 12, 2015
£81m Peel Park Quarter officially opened
The new £81m Peel Park Quarter Accommodation officially opened on Tuesday 6 October 2015. The University of Salford is extremely proud of its new accommodation, and named the buildings after Salford’s heroes and heroines.
Professor Helen Marshall, Vice-Chancellor, declared the building open at 3.30pm, during a plaque unveilling ceremony alongside consortium partners - Equitix, Kier Project Investments, Graham and Campus Living Villages.
The accommodation comprising nine buildings offer a range of accommodation options, including accessible ensuites and superior deluxe. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a bright, stimulating study environment and many bedrooms offer a breath-taking view of the park.
There are currently 1,367 of you on-site, enjoying two 30-seater cinemas, communal social spaces with pool tables, free 50MB Wi-Fi, lounges, study areas and a free on-site gym.
Convenience and comfort
A library is next door and there’s even a nearby basketball court. Student safety is also a priority, with staff on-site 24 hours a day, gated security, 13 external surveillance cameras and underground parking for over 300 cars and bikes.
Professor Marshall said: “These are some of the best student residences you will see anywhere in the UK. They quadruple the number of students living on campus at Salford, adding hugely to its vibrancy and providing a boost to the local Salford economy.”
Robert Moyle, Director of Salford Village Limited, explained: “Peel Park Quarter is the future of student accommodation in the UK – a home from home which combines luxury facilities with high-quality construction, innovative design solutions, the latest technology and first-rate customer service. It’s a safe and inviting haven in the heart of Salford, where students enjoy all the benefits of being on campus without having to compromise their living standards.”
Marina Hristova, President of the Student’s Union at the University of Salford, said: “The new accommodation looks fantastic. It accommodates for every modern student’s needs and more with its state-of-the art facilities and its on-campus location, and this will only further enhance the student experience for those who study here.”
Guests in attendance at the opening ceremony included the relatives and descendants of the local heroes and heroines after which seven of Peel Park Quarter’s buildings are named:
- L S Lowry, artist
- Shelagh Delaney, writer
- Billy Unsworth, war hero
- Emmeline Pankhurst, women's rights campaigner
- Alfred Daber, war hero
- Ranulf de Blondeville, founder of Salford in 1230
- The Radclyffe Family