A 10-storey student accommodation development is to be built in Newcastle city centre after the Nixon Property scheme was approved by council planners.
Designed by tp bennett, the 246-bedroomed residence on St James’ Boulevard will replace a group of single and two storey buildings currently on the site.
The 8,350 sq m accommodation will provide a mix of studios and cluster apartments of three, five and six bedrooms.
A number of open space areas will be provided together with an improved hard and soft landscaped public realm located along the St James’ Boulevard frontage and a terrace area on the first floor overlooking the open space to the rear.
There is also a gym on the first floor alongside a cinema room, study room and laundry facilities.
The scheme forms part of the Science Central masterplan, a 24-acre prime city-centre development in Newcastle upon Tyne, designed to support a thriving community, rewarding jobs and ground-breaking scientific advances.
Nenad Manasijevic, principal director at tp bennett and the project lead said: “This project will be a major step in the urban regeneration of a city block bounded by St James Boulevard, Wellington Street and Gallowgate in Newcastle City Centre, ultimately providing a mixed-use development with a balance of residential and student accommodation.
“The new development meets the need for quality, contemporary living accommodation for students and will allow Newcastle to compete with other major university cities across the UK. It is a critical piece of the Science Central masterplan.”
Shane Loughran, head of operations at Nixon Property said: “We are delighted with the outcome of our recent planning application. tp bennett and the team have worked extremely hard with the local authority over the last year to alleviate the local authority concerns. We now plan to move to our development phase and anticipate completion in 2019.”