Alumno secures planning consent for student accommodation in UK

WCN Editorial Team 3 May 2021 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Student accommodation developer Alumno has secured planning consent for a $33.2m (£24m) purpose-built student accommodation on Dogpool Lane in Birmingham.

The company will redevelop a former BT brownfield site in Stirchley, near Cadbury’s Bournville factory, which is currently underused.

Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the new residence will be constructed to house the growing number of students attending the local universities as well as dental hospital.

The 24-hour managed building will feature a mix of cluster beds and single occupancy studio rooms for 167 residents as well as a reception area and communal areas. It will also include brickwork and terracotta detailing.

Residents will have access to bus, rail and cycle networks and the new scheme will be located in close proximity to local university campuses.

Alumno noted that the local community will benefit from enhanced public area with seating and cycle stands in front of the building.

The new student accommodation is scheduled to be completed in 2023.

Glenn Howells Architects partner Dav Bansal said: “The elegantly crafted red brick/terracotta design of Dogpool Lane responds to several key local landmarks, including the red brick Selly Park Church and Dogpool Lane Hotel.

Once completed, it will provide students with a place to live, study and socialise in a healthy and sustainable environment.

The project also reinstates a piece of under-utilised green space as a matured setting for the building for both students and the local community to enjoy.

“The scheme has been a culmination of the many lessons learnt and experiences working with our long-standing client Alumno, and we believe this will not only provide a much needed and sustainable home to embed students in the wider community, but also a catalyst for regenerating this local neighbourhood.”

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Rendering of the new $33m student accommodation in UK. Credit: Alumno.

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