rg+p submit planning application for student accommodation in Leicester

The site of the proposed seven storey building is in a part of the city centre "desperately in need of regeneration" according to Andy Ward, the company's Associate Planning Consultant

A planning application has been submitted for the second phase of a significant student accommodation development in the centre of Leicester, next to the railway station.

Multi-disciplinary design practice, rg+p, has submitted a full planning application for a seven storey scheme on Conduit Street on behalf of developer, Student Urban Living (Leicester) Ltd. The proposed development comprises 99 student bedrooms, arranged in two-, three- and four-bed cluster flats, as well as studio apartments. A landscaped amenity space, covered cycle and refuse storage are also provided.

rg+p secured planning permission for phase one of the scheme, comprising 159 bedrooms, in September 2017. Student Urban Living exchanged contracts for the purchase of the land for phase two from Leicester City Council earlier this month with the intention of developing both phases simultaneously, subject to approval.

Regeneration

Andy Ward, Associate Planning Consultant at rg+p, said: “The site has been vacant and disused for more than a decade and is located in an area of the city centre desperately in need of regeneration. We have designed phase two to be a continuation of phase one, connecting via the communal spaces which include amenities such as reception, management office, laundry and study/recreation spaces. Its appearance is designed to provide positive street frontages, with a varied brick material palette and feature details such as louvred windows, balconies and chamfered corners.”

If the planning application for phase two is successful, construction is expected to commence on the combined scheme early in 2019 to enable completion ahead of the 2020/21 student intake.