East Anglia student residences get go-ahead

New 915-bed student residence development at the University of East Anglia receives planning permission

Planning permission has been granted for a new 915-bed student residential development at the University of East Anglia on the former Blackdale School site in Norwich.  

The residences, designed by LSI Architects, are required to support an increase in student numbers at the University and maintain its identity as a Campus University.

The design is based on the principles developed for Crome Court – the student residence building also designed by LSI and completed in September 2014. Like Crome Court the Blackdale Development will act as a significant catalyst for economic activity for the area that will provide hundreds of jobs over the next few years and a new income stream for the UEA that will help support ground breaking research and teaching facilities at the University.

Martin Lovatt, Senior Estates Project Manager at the University, said: “This new scheme will continue the theme of the University providing excellent facilities for its students and enhancing their experience.” 

The development will also include a café, launderette and office space, with the accommodation blocks ranging from three to eight storeys high. Trevor Price, Partner of LSI Architects, said: “The Blackdale project provides an attractive new residential quarter for the University which follows a pattern of development that relates to the original campus buildings and also to the local environment. It will achieve very high standards of sustainability, and we now look forward to the completion of the project.”

Local contractor RG Carter will commence construction of the first phase of the scheme in June.

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