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UEA agree deal to increase student accommodation

The University of East Anglia (UEA) has entered into an agreement with Alumno, specialists in creating student accommodation, to provide 244 new rooms for students in Norwich city centre.

Situated on the former Mecca Bingo site in All Saints Green, Pablo Fanque House will provide state-of-the-art, purpose built accommodation for students from September 2018. The development takes its name from Pablo Fanque, one of the most celebrated circus owners in Victorian England, who was born near the new site in 1810.

Initially, Pablo Fanque House will accommodate students entering second and final years of study. Students are invited to apply for one of the en-suite rooms or studio flats from January 2018.

The accommodation will be fully managed by Alumno’s preferred facilities manager, Derwent Students, who will deal with everything from booking rooms, common parts cleaning, maintenance and security.  

David Campbell, Managing Director of Alumno, said: ‘’We are delighted to be working in partnership with UEA on Pablo Fanque House, which represents a new and exciting development in Norwich city centre and regenerates a high profile site. It is our second project in the city and we welcome the opportunity to further enhance the student experience and the first class educational reputation that the city has.  UEA is a world renowned institution and the new facility will no doubt complement the existing offer, going beyond the campus environment.’’

Paul Bailey, UEA Accommodation Manager, said: “This new project will provide some much-needed additional, purpose-built student accommodation in a great location in our wonderful city. We are delighted to be working with Alumno to bring high quality accommodation to our students and look forward to jointly inviting applications from our returning students in the New Year.”