Crosslane Student Developments Submits revised planning application for a sensitively-designed, purpose-built student accommodation scheme in Coventry: Harper Road

Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Group, has submitted a revised planning application for a sensitively-designed, purpose-built student accommodation development scheme on Harper Road, Coventry, which currently has planning consent for student housing.

The design comprises a U-shaped building that wraps around a courtyard. Under the revised plans, the heights of the proposed roof ridge and eaves will be lowered from the existing permitted design to ensure the new building is in-keeping with the surrounding residential properties. The front of the building is being stepped back from the pavement creating a more open and green environment, along with gardened landscaping within the courtyard. In addition, the ‘living’ sedum rooves will benefit the local environment and the building itself.

A reconfiguration of the internal layout of the development will increase the total number of beds from 200 to 266, with the accommodation arranged as en-suite cluster flats rather than the previously proposed combination of cluster flats and self-contained studios.

This revised approach encourages shared living and more collaborative learning, which is increasingly what students are looking for, according to research undertaken by Crosslane. The scheme will also include a spacious common room with views onto the River Sherbourne.

Located on the former Dairy Crest site on Harper Road in Coventry, the accommodation is a two-minute walk from Coventry University’s main campus and a ten-minute walk from the city centre. Prime Student Living, the student accommodation lettings and operational management arm of Crosslane, will be responsible for achieving full occupancy prior to practical completion.

Coventry is home to the fastest growing university by student enrolment in the UK, with 24,600 full time students in the city. Having already achieved planning permission for its Friar Road scheme in Coventry, Crosslane aims to deliver 850 student beds in the city, which will be ready for occupation for the 2019/2020 academic year. These developments will go some way towards satisfying student demand for purpose-built accommodation, as well as helping the university meet its five year growth ambitions.

DAY Architectural are the appointed architects for the development.

Mike Moran, Development Manager, Crosslane Student Developments, said:

“Following the recent successful planning application for the scheme at Friars Road in Coventry, Crosslane is delighted to be investing further in the city and supporting the University’s growth ambitions by building and managing high quality, centrally located student accommodation.

Crosslane recently held a very well attended consultation process with the public on the proposed plans which provided opportunity to share the revised design. The revised design is more sympathetic to the surrounding environment and in-keeping with the area’s existing buildings, using highly attractive design features which also have environmental benefits.”

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