Watkin Jones, the UK's leading developer and manager of residential for rent homes, with a focus on the build to rent (BTR), co-living and student accommodation (PBSA) sectors, is pleased to announce that it has received resolution to grant permission for a 354 student home development in Nottingham.

Designed by ECE Westworks, the scheme will include 271 cluster beds alongside 83 studios. Beyond their rooms, residents will be able to enjoy beautifully designed social lounges, a gym, and study space.

Located on Lower Parliament Street, the design will help to open up access to the independent shopping of the nearby Sneinton Market and has been supported by the city’s Creative Quarter for the potential of the 100sqm ground floor commercial space to be used by a local independent business. Situated on a former Nottingham City Council car park, the development will deliver 48 new underground spaces back to the council for public use.

The brownfield development is designed to be highly sustainable, targeting BREEAM excellent with a reduced carbon footprint through use the of Air Source Heat Pumps for hot water production, enhanced insulation and reduced air permeability through engineered facade reducing heat loss and energy requirement. It will also include photovoltaic panels supplying renewable energy. Outside, new biodiverse landscaped spaces will enhance wildlife habitats and improve air quality. 

The development will be car free, with residents encouraged to use the network of local cycle routes and streets that are recommended for cyclists surrounding the site or the bus stops, Nottingham Express Transit and national rail station that are all within easy walking distance of the site. 

Watkin Jones is maintaining an ongoing dialogue with the local community throughout the development.

"We’re thrilled to be able to press on and start creating this development, which will deliver new, highly sustainable homes for the city’s growing student population. Nottingham’s universities are increasingly popular, and their success offers a huge economic boost, but this also brings challenges to local housing that schemes like ours significantly reduce."

Alex Pease Chief Investment Officer at Watkin Jones Group