Developer HG Living has submitted plans to develop a new creative co-working hub and mixed-use scheme in Leamington Spa. The new development will include a 328-bed purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme and creative hub comprising 18,392 sq ft of co-working spaces and a café. Sustainable features of the scheme include onsite sustainable energy generation, rainwater harvesting, sustainable travel infrastructure and extensive tree planting and landscaping.
The canal-side site is located on Althorpe Street and is currently home to dated industrial buildings. The development will deliver high-quality architecture to the local area, with the design reflecting the industrial and canal side warehousing. It will also incorporate high quality public realm spaces – and has been designed to become a focal point crossing of the canal, encouraging the use of this by pedestrians and cyclists.
The new plans by HG Living propose a significant opportunity to regenerate the area and foster the growth of creative industries, with the establishment of a flexible co-working space for start-up’s and new businesses. The co-working space would act as a catalyst for employment-led regeneration in the area – potentially creating 135 jobs, consistent with the Creative Quarter vision.
“We are delighted to be submitting plans following many months of pre-planning work and community outreach. We have undertaken a significant period of engagement with both the District and County Council as well as residents in order to put forward our proposals to transform the site in line with the Creative Quarter vision for the area.
“Our proposals present a unique opportunity to reinvigorate the area and provide a boost to the local economy. We would like to thank local residents and other stakeholders for taking the time to provide constructive feedback on our plans to date. Looking forward we are committed to keeping the local community informed as the planning application progresses, and we encourage residents to get in touch if they have any questions.”Rob Greaves, Director, HG Living
Warwick District Council (WDC) estimate that whilst around 5,800 students are currently living in Leamington, less than 20% are being accommodated in PBSA. The new 328 bed student accommodation scheme would be welcomed by local students, which will free up housing in the local area for other residents.