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702-bed student flats complex in Nottingham

Plans have been submitted for a 702 bed student block to go alongside a five star hotel, restaurants, offices and apartments on the eastern side of Nottingham.

Latest designs drawn up by DAY Architects on behalf of the Conygar Investment Company show a big student scheme which, pending planning permission, could be ready by the start of the September 2023 academic year.

Christopher Ware, property director at Conygar, said the new plans were an exciting step for the city’s Island Quarter redevelopment.

He said: “Nottingham has a fantastic reputation as a university city, and the growth of the student population over the last few years reflects that.

“Purpose-built student accommodation means more choice for students and less on them to live in traditional houses in residential areas of the city.

“Our aim for the Island Quarter is true intergenerational living, with housing and accommodation that works for all.

“One of the biggest impacts of the pandemic has been that people of all ages are reassessing their relationship with where they live, and we want to create places and spaces where people can live, work and thrive.”

Tom Exell, director of architecture at DAY Architects, said: “It’s fantastic to see the scheme reach this significant milestone.

“This will be truly high-end student accommodation, offering exceptional living and amenity spaces whilst providing unparalleled, immediate access to public and private external space, something we feel will be key to the health and wellbeing of residents, particularly as we emerge from the pandemic.

“We’re extremely proud to be part of this flagship development for Nottingham and feel phase two will be another example of Conygar’s commitment to quality design across the entire masterplan.”

Plans for phase one of the development already include a three-storey pavilion with restaurants and a rooftop terrace, along with a five-star hotel, 247 apartments and offices.

Alex Jones, director at engineering consultancy Couch Perry Wilkes, which will be providing mechanical and engineering services for phase two of the development, said: “The Island Quarter is a significant development for Nottingham and the Midlands as a whole.

“We’re delighted to be working with the team for the student accommodation phase of the site, which will bring much-needed residential capacity to support the city’s growing universities.”

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