University of Aveiro invests 12.5 million euros in the construction of five new university residences on the Campus do Crasto, with a capacity for 320 beds.

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The University of Aveiro (UA) will proceed with the construction of five new university residences, on the Campus of Crasto, with a capacity for 320 beds, in an investment of around 12.5 million euros, said this Thursday source of the academy.

The announcement of the call for tenders was published on July 11 in the Official Gazette.

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The work, with an execution period of 548 days, is included in the Affordable Student Housing Program, under the Recovery and Resilience Program (PRR).

Speaking to Lusa, the UA rector, Paulo Jorge Ferreira, said that this is a “very large” investment and that it also represents “an entirely new point of view on what a residence is”, arguing that a residence “is not a dormitory” for students.

University of Aveiro invests 12.5 million euros in the construction of five new university residences on the Campus do Crasto, with a capacity for 320 beds.

“At a time when there are high concerns about mental health, a residence should be a point where students cross paths, socialize, have spaces for socializing, coworking and studying, and not just a set of isolated rooms that promote isolation”, said the rector.

The project includes the construction of five rectangular blocks with three floors, in which the housing units are distributed through glazed interior galleries, which, in turn, ensure the interior/exterior relationship, maintaining constant visual contact between the various distributions and the exterior patio.

Paulo Jorge Ferreira also pointed out that the UA was concerned with the construction methods, the materials used and the principles of circular economy. The tender was made “having as conditioning principles of circular economy, both with regard to the materials used, as well as with regard to the thermal and acoustic efficiency of the buildings, as well as with regard to green roofs”, he described.

In addition to this contract, the construction of two more residences is planned – one next to the CP station, in a former Quimigal warehouse, and another in Oliveira de Azeméis – as well as rehabilitation works in existing residences, in a phased manner. With these interventions, UA will have 429 more beds available, in addition to the approximately 1,000 already existing.

“We are one of the higher education institutions with the most beds per displacedstudent and we will continue to ensure that the high demand we are experiencing at the moment will be met in the near future”, concluded the rector.

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