Multi-storey student accommodation scheme approved in Nottingham

Nottingham City Council has granted planning permission for the latest phase of The Island Quarter, which will see a 12-storey purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) building delivered.

The scheme, drawn up by DAY Architectural, will deliver 702 student bedrooms.

The Conygar Investment Company plc is delivering The Island Quarter scheme in full.

Amenities for students include sky lounges, a pavilion with views onto a private courtyard space, multi-media lounges, co-working spaces, gaming zones and areas for study and relaxation.

Construction work is expected to start on site shortly and the units will be available for students from the 2023/24 academic year.

Christopher Ware, property director at Conygar, said: “Nottingham is a world-renowned university city and the student population is growing rapidly to reflect that. Add in the demand from second and third-year students to remain in PBSA, and it is clear there is a real need for quality student beds in the city.

“This element of the scheme really supports our plans for intergenerational living across the site. 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.”

The Island Quarter masterplan was granted outline planning approval in April 2019. The Planner recently reported that a series of changes to the masterplan have been made in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Leonard Design Architects (LDA) and placemaking specialist Studio Egret West said the green space offering has been enhanced on the 36-acre site, as have the multifunctional public areas for outdoor events.