University of St Andrews plans 960-bed student accommodation at Albany Park

WCN Editorial Team 12 Aug 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

The University of St Andrews, Scotland, intends to submit a revised planning application to Fife Council to provide 960 student beds at Albany Park as part of efforts to ease the pressure on the town’s housing stock.

Under the new proposal, 200 more beds would be provided compared to the earlier planning application, which the Fife Council planners refused due to concerns about flood risk raised by the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA).

The proposed development is part of the university’s £70m investment in student accommodation, which will create 1,100 bedrooms in addition to the 4,000 that are already being provided.

The new planning application, which is expected to be submitted in September 2019, is aimed at mitigating the concerns of SEPA and other objectors.

As part of the project, Woodburn House and part of the Woodburn complex will also be retained and refurbished. A group of trees in the northwest corner of the site will also be preserved to help reduce the impact on the conservation area nearby and address the concerns on flood risk.

The university said that it would organise a public consultation on 21 August in Parliament Hall, South Street, St Andrews, where members of the design team, the university and development partner Campus Living Villages will explain the new plans for Albany Park.

University quaestor Derek Watson said: “The development at Albany Park is key to the University’s strategy to provide more student accommodation for our students and ease the pressure on the housing stock in St Andrews.

“We welcome the comments made by Fife Council in rejecting the earlier planning application and have revised our plans to increase the number of beds by around 200 which will further improve the overall supply of accommodation in St Andrews.

“The new Albany Park will provide around 960 high quality student beds in an attractive landscaped environment which will improve amenity in the east of the town.

“The development has the potential to revitalise the eastern area of St Andrews and we are looking forward to putting our proposals to the local community and hearing their views.”

The University of St Andrews opened two new student halls of residence in October 2018, providing 389 student beds.

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Image: Illustration of the new student accommodation planned by the University of St Andrews at Albany Park. Photo: Courtesy of University of St Andrews.

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