Downing gets approval for student accommodation scheme in UK

11 February 2013 (Last Updated February 11th, 2013 18:30)

Property developer Downing has secured planning permission for a 354 bedroom student accommodation development in Cambridge, UK.

Downing student accommodation scheme

Property developer Downing has secured planning permission for a 354-bedroom student accommodation development in Cambridge, UK.

The student accommodation scheme is part of a £75m project to build three six-storey blocks featuring 586 bedrooms.

Designed by the UK-based Falconer Chester Hall Architects, the accommodation will feature a mix of flats and studios with a retail arcade on the ground floor.

Downing said that the accommodation forms part of the CB1 regeneration scheme of Cambridge railway station and the surrounding areas.

Upon completion, the development will feature residential apartments, commercial space, retail and hotel space, restaurants as well as bars.

Falconer Chester Hall director Alastair Shepherd said that the company worked with the local authority and designed a scheme which will enhance the emerging community, with retail lined arcade serving both residents and visitors to the city.

"Modern, high-quality, well-lit student bedrooms above will provide much needed accommodation as the colleges continue to expand," Shepherd said.

"Sitting next to Cambridge railway station, the building is the final piece in the jigsaw for the southern quarter of the CB1 masterplan."

The building is expected to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating from the UK Green Building Council.

Sustainable features of the development include the usage of photovoltaic roof panels to generate power and 300 cycle stands.

Works are scheduled to commence on site in early 2013 and complete in late 2014.

Downing development director Paul Houghton said that the company has already delivered a number of student accommodation schemes to cities across the country.

"Our scheme will provide the highest-standard affordable accommodation to keep up with growing demand," Houghton said.

Image: After completion, the development will feature three six-storey blocks totalling 586 bedrooms. Photo: Downing.