About Leicester Freemens Common

ENGIE has secured over £200 million in contracts for a state-of-the-art student accommodation and regeneration scheme with Freemens Common Village LLP, the special purpose vehicle (SPV) established to design, build, fund, manage and operate the project for University of Leicester.

ENGIE will oversee the delivery of 1,164 new student homes across seven blocks, the refurbishment of a grade II listed building (to be used as office and study space), the construction of a 500-space multi-storey carpark and the creation of a new 9,000 m2 teaching and learning centre.

This will be followed by a 50-year hard facilities management contract, which will support the day-to-day lives of the students by providing technical services, estates management and external cleaning for the new residences, as well enabling high speed Wi-Fi and IT services to ensure the best experience for occupants. ENGIE will also deliver lifecycle management to the residences, which incorporates infrastructure replacement right through to internal components.

A key element in the design of the new facilities is energy efficiency. The overall scheme will incorporate a number of renewable and energy-saving technologies including solar panels, highly efficient centralised gas fired Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and LED lighting will be installed.

These new contracts align with ENGIE’s wider strategy to combine its capabilities to deliver placemaking and regeneration at scale for its customers. ENGIE works alongside them to shape the future use of their assets – supporting with planning, design, construction and management – to improve the lives of those who use them.

Site tours will be around the perimeter of the build.


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On the walk around visitors will witness the final stages of the errection of some of the student accomodation blocks including works to the envelope of the building. Furthermore we are now carrying out the fitouts to a number of the blocks and are in the finishing stages on a few others. We can offer an experience that can take you through a large part of the construction journey from start to finish of the block which will provide an insight to the size and complexity of the development and we will provide an experience to anyone interested in large construction projects.

The teaching and learning centre is nearing completion and you will be provided a breakdown of the construction journey for this impressive structure from initial design and groundworks right through to handover stage.

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