The proposal of student accommodation developer Alumno to develop new purpose-built managed student accommodation on Dogpool Lane has been approved by Birmingham Council in the UK.
The £24m project will see the redevelopment of an underused former BT brownfield site within the established Stirchley community, into purpose-built student accommodation.
Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the new development will comprise a mix of cluster beds and single occupancy studio rooms for 167 residents, along with a reception and communal areas.
The 24-hour managed residence will offer include an enhanced retail space for the existing Post Office and newsagent based on the site. It will be close to bus, rail and cycle networks.
To make it environmentally friendlier, the development is car-free and students to be barred from bringing vehicles to Birmingham through their tenancy agreements.
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 an attractive 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.”
Alumno plans to complete the new building for the 2023 student intake. It expects to accommodate students attending the local universities and dental hospital.