Construction begins on a huge residential complex that will have seven floors despite concerns about the impact of student dormitories on the surrounding area.
The Halfords Auto Center and Archer Accident Group area on Huntingdon Street will be converted into a 293-bed student apartment block after the plans were approved by Nottingham City Council on Jan. 4.
The site is currently inhabited by a number of different buildings with different uses and conditions between Huntingdon Street, Howard Street and Perth Street and an adjacent parking lot.
The buildings, some developers of which are in poor condition, will be demolished and replaced by a block of flats according to plans by Franklin Ellis Architect on behalf of Bildurn (Properties) Ltd, with the exception of the Art Deco facade on Huntingdon Street / Howard Street Facade that is incorporated.
The new building would rise four stories behind the preserved facade, five stories along the Howard Street facade, and then to 7 stories above the former Halfords unit on the Huntingdon Street and Perth Street facades.
Planners have said there will be spaces for studying, relaxing, socializing and entertaining within the block.
This could take the form of learning zones, play areas, a coffee counter, a fitness room, a relaxation room and a lounge, as well as an outdoor courtyard.
Concern about the impact of new student dormitories on Huntingdon Street on St. Ann’s has been expressed by councilors and local historians.
Earlier, Dave Liversidge, St. Ann’s for Labor parish councilor, told Nottinghamshire Live: “A lot of people, myself included, are very unhappy with the amount of college dormitories that are being built along Huntington Street and Upper Parliament Street and the area between Victoria Center and St. Ann’s.
“They’re unhappy for two reasons, they’re just going to be students, and it’s also all a skyscraper 8-10 stories high and a wall between St Promenade nearby.
“We feel like it has gone too far, but now practically everything is ready so there is not much you can do to stop it.
“We know the reasons developers make what they can sell and college dorms are what they can sell.
“What we’re really pushing for, but we’re not convinced that it will happen, is that we believe the dormitory bubble is going to burst at some point.
“We don’t want to end up with usable blocks with no students. I can understand that these blocks are supposed to release single-family houses, but the unpredictable thing is that they are all being built in one place.”
Franklin Ellis Architect on behalf of Bildurn (Properties) Ltd summarizes the advantages of the location in a planning document.
The plan would achieve, in her words, “The regeneration and revitalization of a large, underutilized site within an important regeneration zone in Nottingham city center, providing much-needed high quality PBSA [Purpose build student accommodation] in a suitable place “and” improving the security, attractiveness and vitalization of the adjoining public realm “.
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