Leeds based developer – KMRE Group – has submitted a planning application to Sheffield City Council for an 18-storey purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) tower in Sheffield city centre – which will provide accommodation for almost 300 students.
The 18-storey building has been designed by Coda Architecture. The site is currently occupied by Bushbury House – a three-storey, 1960s office building which will be demolished under the plans. If approved, the plans will see the regeneration of an underutilised site which is in a prominent location on the Inner Relief Road.
The PBSA development will include 113 student apartments totalling 286 beds – and will be a mix of 59 cluster flats (232 beds) and 54 studio apartments. The proposals also include recreation spaces – a ground floor retail unit, amenity space and bike storage.
The development will see a continuation of the high-density development of the St Mary’s Gate area – which is seen as a sign of continued confidence in the strength of the Sheffield student market.
A planning statement – which was prepared by Urbana Town Planning – mentioned how the demand for student housing in Sheffield remained high, and that the PBSA will replace poorly located or lower quality properties, while also bringing back more traditional properties for people in the Crookes and Ecclesall.