Plans for 702-bed student accommodation in The Island Quarter approved

The latest phase in The Island Quarter’s development is expected to help alleviate the shortage of student beds in Nottingham, after plans for the site’s next stop were approved today (September 22) by Nottingham City Council.

The approved plans – developed by DAY Architectural for The Conygar Investment Company PLC – feature a 12-story, 702-bed student development, including dedicated blocks for a range of accommodation types, including studio and cluster accommodation.

Amenities for students in this final phase of The Island Quarter include high-level sky lounges that feature projected city views and a private courtyard view lodge that will allow them to work, socialize, eat and relax. to exercise.

The new accommodation – which is part of the developer’s plans for intergenerational living on The Island Quarter, the £ 1billion 36-acre redevelopment – is expected to begin on site shortly and be available to students from the start. of the 2023/24 academic year.

With Nottingham facing a projected shortfall of 7,000 student beds in the coming years, Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) on The Island Quarter will free up family homes currently in use by students and help return them to their intended use.

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Christopher Ware, Director of Real Estate at Conygar, said: “We are delighted that the planning committee has approved the plans for the student housing offered on The Island Quarter. Nottingham is a world famous university city, and the student population is growing rapidly to reflect this. Add to this the demand from second and third year students to stay in PBSA, and it is clear that there is a real need for quality student beds in the city.

“This element of the program really supports our intergenerational life plans on the site. One of the biggest impacts of the pandemic has been for people of all ages to reassess their relationship with where they live, and we want to create places and spaces where people can live, work and thrive. “

David Jones, director of the planning consultancy firm AXIS, said: “This phase will be a real step forward for development as a whole. The location of this phase – right next to BioCity and close to Sneinton – means that it will act as a beacon, bringing the eastern edge of the site to life and providing space that will draw people to the island neighborhood. .

The Island Quarter master plan, which received general planning approval in April 2019, was designed with a full lifecycle of uses, including hotels and hospitality, offices and community living. Recent changes to the plan were made in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, adding 10,000 square meters of additional green space to the site and redesigning the street plan to create an “urban river”.

Richard Watson, Conygar, said: “The PBSA at The Island Quarter site is an integral part of what we’re trying to achieve with development. In the aftermath of COVID-19, fostering a healthy, sustainable and resilient lifestyle has never been more important, and this element of the program will help create a true community around the site.

“The reinvented master plan creates active, livable and safe spaces that will connect the different elements of the project to each other and, more importantly, to the existing vibrant communities in the region.

Tom Exell, Director of Architecture at DAY Architectural, said: “This will be a unique PBSA offering in a highly competitive market, with a real focus on high quality design and student well-being in all aspects. We are delighted to have secured planning approval and delighted to see development take the next step.

Work on the extensive redevelopment is advancing at a steady pace, with the first phase of the Canal Turn – at the opposite end of the site scheduled to open to the public early next summer. When complete, Canal Turn will bring a new three-story restaurant, bar, and meeting and banquet space to the city’s waterfront, as well as a canal-side plaza and outdoor stage for entertainment.

Watson added: “The Island Quarter is a huge opportunity for our community of Nottingham – the city has an ambitious regeneration strategy and our site will bring 4,500 jobs to support this, along with millions of pounds of inbound investment in the city. . “

To help accelerate development progress, The Island Quarter has been included in the City Council Upgrade Offer, which is designed to support ‘excavator-loans ”for infrastructure projects that will boost local economies.

He said: “While we already have investments in place to support the development of the various phases that make up the site, the Leveling Up Fund allows us to accelerate work on site so that Nottingham can make the most of the economic benefits. from The Island Quarter as quickly as possible.

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