Twenty-seven-storey student tower in Sheffield city centre given go ahead

Twenty-seven-storey student tower in Sheffield city centre given go ahead

Planning permission has been granted for a 27-storey residential development in Sheffield city centre that would provide accommodation for more than 500 students.

Property asset manager and purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) specialist Niveda Realty has been granted planning permission for the Calico Sheffield development on a site bounded by Hollis Croft and Broad Lane in the city’s St Vincent’s Quarter.

The site is currently occupied by a former Sytner BMW showroom and a three-storey office building.

Tim Goddard, investment director at Niveda Realty, said: “Niveda Realty is excited to have gained planning permission for Calico Sheffield, and special thanks goes to our planning consultants, Zerum. We look forward to overseeing a scheme that will form a part of the fabric that makes Sheffield the lively and trailblazing student city that it is.

“Following the success of Calico Liverpool, this is the second development within the Calico portfolio and Sheffield’s values of diversity, sustainability and creativity could not be a better match for our brand.

“We are always evolving and looking at how we can elevate the student experience – particularly in the current climate when students need to feel connected to friends and family – so we look forward to revealing more on the design and services of the project in due course.”

Approval was granted last year for development of a wider site comprising 444 apartments. The site covered by the new application, Plot B, had been earmarked for 160 apartments and 113 beds in 20 co-living clusters.

However, new proposals were developed as the costs associated with the previous consent meant it could not be brought forward.

The new plans cover the demolition of the existing buildings and construction of a new residential development of between ten and 27 storeys. This would comprise a total of 519 student beds, with 69 cluster flats and 45 studios.

Amenity space, laundry, refuse store, plant and storage for 225 bicycles are also included in the plans. The ground floor would feature social, event and study spaces with a largely glazed façade on to Broad Lane and Hollis Croft. A residents’ sky lounge and open terrace would be created on the top floor.

The application was considered by the council’s Planning and Highways Committee at a meeting on 8 December, with members voted to grant planning permission, subject to conditions.

Construction is set to begin on site in summer 2021 and the scheme is scheduled for completion in time for the 2024 academic year.

Ashley Birch
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