Foodservice firm Elior UK has won a £13m catering and hospitality contract at the University of West London (UWL).
The 10-year deal will see Elior cater for around 12,000 students at seven facilities across three main campuses: St Mary's Road in Ealing, Paragon House in Brentford and the Berkshire Institute of Health in Reading.
Central refectories at Ealing and Brentford will be refurbished to create food courts and seating areas for customers to relax, socialise and work.
Elior will introduce a range of food offers that have been designed to meet culturally diverse tastes as it aims to deliver a contemporary high street experience to encourage students to stay on campus and use the new facilities.
Global food concepts on offer include: ChU based on Malaysian, Indian, Oriental and North African street food; Japanese inspired soup and noodle offer, Umami; and Elior's new South American concept, Latina Merica, which incorporates cuisines from Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Cuba, Colombia and Chile.
Chris Fenner, UWL director of facilities and estates, said : "We were looking for a long-term contract partner who would not only deliver innovative and exciting food provision at the university, but have a positive impact on the learning and social experience of our students. The Elior team has impressed us with its extensive knowledge and experience in this sector and we are very much looking forward to working together."
"This approach sets our offering apart from competitors and has led to significant business growth within the education sector."