University of Hertfordshire

University of Hertfordshire


University of Hertfordshire

The greenest campus in the United Kingdom

In 2016, following three years of complete renovation carried out by the Uliving consortium, which was made up of lead company Linkcity, formerly Bouygues Development, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, and Derwent Living, the University of Hertfordshire campus could proudly boast it was generating its own energy.

Professor Quintin McKellar,
Vice Chancellor of the University of Hertfordshire
“This exceptional project symbolises the values that our university promotes, as an English champion of partnerships with the corporate sector. The success of this project, which is down to the Uliving and University teams, is proof that we are continuing to invest in the welfare of our students.”


In 2013, the Uliving consortium, consisting of Linkcity, formerly Bouygues Development (lead company), a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, and Derwent Living, was awarded a contract to finance, design, build and operate the campus of the University of Hertfordshire, north of London.


The project covered the construction of twenty-three buildings providing 3,000 student bedrooms, associated social spaces and a sports hall. Subject to a stringent environmental standards, the campus is the most advanced in the United Kingdom to date in terms of sustainability.


The timber-frame buildings are equipped with their own energy-production infrastructure based on a power and heat cogeneration system. After obtaining BREEAM Outstanding certification, which is the highest-level environmental standard, the buildings are now seeking “carbon neutral” or True Zero Carbon certification.


The works, which lasted three years in all, were carried out with the site remaining in full operation. Particular care was paid to minimising pollution (noise, dust, etc.) to avoid disturbing the students who were on the site. 

In Short
people working at peak times
3 ans
years of works