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The Polytechnic of Leiria invests 25 million euros in student residences

The Polytechnic Institute of Leiria is invest 25 million euros financed by the Recovery and Resilience Program (PRR) in student residences expand its offer to almost 1,200 beds, it was announced this Wednesday.

“With the increase in available accommodation, it will be possible Minimize the direct costs of students and their families, with special emphasis on students in situations of social and economic vulnerability.“, explained the Leiria Polytechnic to the Lusa agency.

The higher education institution will build a new residence, with capacity for 158 beds, on land adjacent to the institution’s central services in Leiria.

The preliminary study, budgeted at 5.2 million euros, is ready to be launched into a design and construction competition and should be delivered to the winner “in the next two years”, with a two-year execution period.

Until July of this year, the Leiria Polytechnic Institute expects to award the contract for the rehabilitation of the Santo Estêvão Building, in Leiria, and its transformation into a student residence (101 places), as well as the construction of a new residence in Caldas da Rainha (68) and two others in Peniche (44 each).

In September, the institution should award the construction of the new residence in Pombal (42).

The Polytechnic also invests in the rehabilitation of existing homes, starting work on Thursday at the Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro residence, in Caldas da Rainha.

The intervention, budgeted at 1.1 million euros, includes the rehabilitation of the building, improving comfort and energy efficiency, in addition to readapting the spaces and optimizing their operation, increasing the capacity from the current 104 spaces to 117.

The four current buildings of the Leiria residential complex, along with the central services, will also be reclassified “at the beginning of October”, providing them with capacity for 458 beds.

At the end of this year, the Leiria Polytechnic Institute also expects to award the rehabilitation works of the current Peniche residence (58) and the Mestre António Duarte residence, in Caldas da Rainha (104).

The investment is part of the National Plan for Adaptation to Higher Education (PNAES), financed through the PRR.

It is also part of the Affordable Student Housing program, designed to support displaced students by providing them with decent housing at lower costs.

Source: Observadora

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