Business has £120m pipeline of work

Student accommodation specialist University Partnerships Programme has brought in a former Balfour Beatty project director to head up its construction business under a rejig triggered by the departure of former boss Richard Beinfait to Mace earlier this year.

Adam Tyson is now in charge of a £120m construction pipeline at a business which in the year to August 2019 had a turnover of £258m and made a profit of £88m.

UPP Hull University student housing

Tyson, who has replaced Ben Sedgewick, who has left to set up his own consultancy firm, spent 13 years at Balfour’s investments arm including working as project director on a £170m student accommodation scheme with Sussex University.

Beinfait joined Mace in February as its chief financial officer, replacing Dennis Hone, and was succeeded at UPP as chief executive by former NHS Property Services chief Elaine Hewitt.

Among schmes UPP has completed recently is a 1,500-room scheme called Westfield Court (pictured) finished for Hull University last September in a deal worth £97m.