APPLICATION SUBMITTED FOR ADDITIONAL STUDENT ACCOMMODATION ON RADMARSH ROAD
£25m plans for student accommodation and public space at 'eyesore' Lenton site
Ambitious £25m plans transforming an 'eyesore' plot of land into public open space and student accommodation have been revealed to improve an entrance to the University of Nottingham.
Plans have been drawn up to revamp a disused site at the end of Radmarsh Road, Lenton, which was previously used as a timber yard.
An application for a six-storey building, with 222 student bedrooms, has been submitted to revamp the land.
The development site is located near a pedestrian footbridge, built several years ago connecting Radmarsh Road with the university's Jubilee Campus.
Andy Roberts, co-founder of OMNI Developments, the firm behind the plans, explained what has been described as a "winter garden" formed part of the project, providing a social space for students.
Public space is planned with the project designed to improve the entrance to the Jubilee Campus.
The latest scheme follows a development of 14 student townhouses at Castle Boulevard, called Graystacks, which was fully completed this year, which it is hoped will encourage students out of shared houses.
Mr Roberts said: "Our Castle Boulevard scheme has been a huge success, we have had some great comments from local residents who like the look of the scheme, so we will be using the same high-quality materials on Radmarsh Road.
"Research from the city council has also shown that students have chosen this scheme over HMO houses (houses in multiple occupation).
"Our aim for Radmarsh is, therefore, the same – to create a happy, healthy balance between the local residents and the students, through a sustainable and responsible development, that will enhance its physical surroundings.
“The (Radmarsh) site has been an eyesore and used for storage for the past 15 years
"Over the last eight years we have been working with the university and the city council, to clean and remove the many restrictions that stopped development.
"Subject to planning, we can now move forward with our joint objective of creating an enhanced entrance to the Jubilee Campus.”
About 160 jobs are expected to be created during the construction period.
And there are likely to be up to five permanent roles once the site is operational.
The Radmarsh accommodation will target second and third-year students, as well as postgraduates.
The plans to redevelop the land have been submitted to Nottingham City Council for consideration.
Subject to planning permission, work could start next year, with the project potentially completed by September 2021.
A city council spokesman said: “This is a scheme which as well as introducing new student accommodation near the Jubilee Campus, includes improvements to the area around a footbridge which links the site with the campus.
"We had early discussions with the developers a number of years ago and have now received their planning application for consideration.”
Senior business leaders backed the plans.
Jeff Allen, chairman of Nottingham Business Improvement District (BID), said: "Given this site’s proximity to the University of Nottingham and the Jubilee Campus, in particular, on the periphery of the city, it would be ideally suited as a location for a new student development and would help to tidy up the site, too.
"It is encouraging to see this happening at this stage in the city’s core development when we need to be encouraging long-term residential schemes in the city centre.”
Chris Hobson, director of policy at East Midlands Chamber, added: “It is good to see areas of land that have been derelict for some time being repurposed and regenerated in ways that add value to the local community and economy.
“Students are an essential part of the make-up of our cities – not only do they contribute to the community, they spend money in a variety of ways, from essentials to leisure activities, and the creation of new living spaces will undoubtedly be welcomed by those businesses in the city providing goods and services.”
It comes after Nottinghamshire Live reported plans for several student developments had recently been submitted to the city council for consideration.
A £70m towering block - featuring a cinema room - is earmarked for Radford.
Meanwhile, Radford's former John Player cigarette factory, which was damaged in a fire, is also to be transformed as part of a £16m project.
[Jamie Barlow, Nottingham Post Digital News Corespondent, 29 October 2019]