An­other 300 flats planned for derelict site near uni

Birmingham Post - - NEWS -

AL­MOST 300 new stu­dent bed­rooms are to be built on derelict land near Birm­ing­ham city cen­tre.

New plans have been un­veiled to de­velop 280 bed­rooms on the site at the cor­ner of Dart­mouth Mid­dle­way and He­neage Street.

The devel­op­ment would have a com­bi­na­tion of 214 self-contained stu­dios with the re­main­der of the rooms in shared flats with so­cial spa­ces on the ground floor.

The pro­posed build­ing, close to As­ton and Birm­ing­ham City uni­ver­si­ties and the Na­tional Col­lege for High Speed Rail, has been de­signed in a ‘U’ shape of three blocks reach­ing up to ten storeys at its high­est point.

It is ex­pected to cre­ate ten full-time jobs once com­plete.

The ap­pli­ca­tion site, which is cur­rently va­cant, is in an in­dus­trial area of the city con­tain­ing pre­dom­i­nantly low-rise busi­ness units dat­ing from the 1950s and 60s built after ex­ten­sive dam­age dur­ing the Sec­ond World War.

Dur­ing the Vic­to­rian pe­riod, it formed part of a larger area com­pris­ing the Cale­do­nia Tin Plate Works, Ex­cel­sior Wire Works and a num­ber of smaller build­ings.

Doc­u­ments sup­port­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion said the site had been the sub­ject of re­de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als but had re­mained va­cant for eight years be­cause ex­ten­sive mar­ket­ing of it had gen­er­ated “lit­tle in­ter­est”.

The project has been de­signed by Dig­beth-based D5 Ar­chi­tects on be­half of a pri­vate landowner.

A de­sign state­ment ac­com­pa­ny­ing the ap­pli­ca­tion said: “Given the site’s lo­ca­tion along Dart­mouth Mid­dle­way and its prox­im­ity to a num­ber of higher ed­u­ca­tion in­sti­tu­tions, the site presents an ideal op­por­tu­nity to de­velop stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion.

“The pro­pos­als seek to re­spond to the mass­ing of the sur­round­ing area.

“We be­lieve the pro­pos­als are ap­pro­pri­ate for the site given its po­si­tion and be­lieve they will be a pos­i­tive en­hance­ment to the ex­ist­ing street scape.”

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