UPDATED PLANS PRODUCED FOR 40-STOREY STUDENT ACCOMMODATION IN NOTTINGHAM CITY CENTRE
On Thursday 3 March 2022, Nottingham Post's Trainee Reporter, Joshua Hartley, posted an update on plans for a 40-storey student development to house more than 1500 students on a site off Huntingdon Street and Glasshouse Street in the city centre. Plans have not yet been submitted to Nottingham City Council but, should they be accepted, the development will be the tallest in Nottingham, overlooking and dwarfing the Victoria Centre flats.
Developer issues update on plans for huge 40-storey skyscraper in Nottingham city centre
It would be the biggest building in Nottingham
Developers have said that they are 'working up' the plans for a skyscraper that would be nearly twice as big as Nottingham's tallest building. According to planning research group UrbInfo Nottingham, the planned construction of a 40-storey student accommodation block at the former Base 51 site off Huntingdon Street and Glasshouse Street would make the skyscraper the city's largest building.
The Victoria Works development would tower above the Victoria Centre Uats, which is currently the tallest building in Nottingham at just over 20 levels, and house more than 1,500 students.
While a planning application has not been submitted yet, Code Students, which operates 'luxury' student accommodation in Leicester and Coventry an revealed the plan in March 2021, said it is "working up" the current scheme before public consultation.
A spokesperson for developers Code Students, said: “Code has been seeking to develop a scheme in Nottingham for a number of years. We have been in contact with the Local Planning Authority with a view to bringing forward a development in the city.
"We are currently working up our planned scheme for Nottingham.
"Once we have a scheme that is sufficiently developed, we will be engaging further with the Planning Authority and undertaking a public consultation ahead of submitting a planning application.”
Construction company Cawarden had previously been demolishing an existing building in a bid to open up space for the development.
The scale of the plans had previously been criticised by Nottingham Civic Society and former Nottingham South MP Alan Simpson, with the latter referring to the development as 'Covid towers'.
Although according to Nottingham City Council figures, there is still a massive shortfall in the number of student homes being built in the city - with around 7,000 rooms needed between 2021-2024 to address this shortage.