Thursday, October 22, 2020

Approval recommended for 500-room student accommodation scheme

Jensco Group’s proposals to build a development of purpose-built student accommodation on a largely cleared site between Traffic Street, Waterway Street West and Sheriffs Way, in Nottingham, have been recommended for approval.

The student scheme will consist of two buildings of up to six floors and feature 62 shared cluster flats and 163 studios. 522 rooms will be provided in total.

Flexible spaces, event and cinema rooms as well as communal open spaces in courtyards and a ‘central street’ would also be provided.

The development location has a varied history. It was used to grow crocuses to harvest saffron before later, in the more recent industrial past, being the location of a former industrial print works.

Most recently, the site has laid empty as a brownfield site, leaving Traffic Street — still the home of the Castle Rock Brewery and one of Nottingham’s past historic industrial areas — unrecognisable from its industrial heyday.

Today, the site is part of the ‘Southern Gateway’, a city centre area seeing increasing development.

Part of an office building remains on the site, which would be demolished for the development.

Upon launching a public consultation in January, Nigel Bobroff, Director at Jensco Group, said: “Jensco Group has a significant knowledge of the East Midlands with developments including the award-winning One Friar Gate Square for the University of Derby School of Law and Social Sciences and Agard Court, student housing also for University of Derby.

“Traffic Street, a high-quality and sympathetic purpose-built student housing development on the edge of Nottingham City Centre, with 24-hour a day on-site management and fantastic transport links to both universities, will be our first scheme in the city, seeing us continue our investment in the East Midlands.

“With 64,000 students predicted to be at Nottingham’s universities by 2021, this development will not only address the need to accommodate them, but also play an important role in returning local homes to family use and enhancing the local community.

“Nottingham City Council figures show that there are around 18,000 students living in family homes that have been converted to provide student housing in the city’s residential neighbourhoods. This development will help to free up these much-needed houses, whilst regenerating an important part of the city.”

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