Topping Out Ceremony at Agard Court, Derby

Topping Out Ceremony at Agard Court, Derby

A ceremony has taken place to mark the completion of the highest point of a nine-storey student accommodation block being built in Derby city centre. Located in Agard Street, next to the University of Derby’s Law School, the multi-million building will provide 244 bedrooms once it is completed.

Work on the development, which is being carried out by lead contractor Clegg Construction, has come on apace – and this week a “topping out” ceremony was held at the top of the structure to mark the building reaching its highest point. Clegg is carrying out the build on behalf of developer Jensco (Derby) – the company behind the neighbouring copper-clad Law School building.

The development, which is over 26 metres tall, is on course to be completed in time for the 2018/19 academic year. Once built, it will provide 244 en-suite rooms for University of Derby students, based around a series of communal areas featuring kitchen, dining and lounge areas, eight of which are fully accessible for wheelchair users.

During the build, historic tram tracks dating back to the 1800s were uncovered. The 45-metre section, which carried horse-powered trams, was removed by Clegg Construction and will be re-installed just before the project is completed.

The topping out ceremony saw representatives from Clegg Construction and Jensco (Derby) joined by Sigmat/PAW Structures, which designed the building’s steel frame. They were also joined by guests from RPS and Cunniff Design, which are all involved in the building’s construction. Representatives from University of Derby and Marketing Derby were also present.

Simon Blackburn, managing director of Clegg Construction, said: “The building is in a prominent position and has caught the attention of many due to the tower crane above the Derby skyline for months. “We are delighted to have reached the highest structural point and we are on track to complete the building in May, 2018. “We are looking forward to handing it over to Jensco (Derby) and we hope that the students who move in will be extremely happy with their new accommodation.”

Nigel Bobroff, chief executive of Jensco, said: “Clegg Construction is doing a superb job on a difficult site. This is our third large development with Clegg as main contractor and we really enjoy working with them. We are currently looking at other opportunities in the Midlands and Clegg are definitely our contractor of choice.”