Revised student scheme plans in Leicester submitted by Rumrat

A new proposal has been put forward to Leicester City Council by Rumrat for the regeneration of the Waterloo House and Regent House sites.

The plans by Rumrat will transform the Waterloo House and Regent House office buildings in Leicester into student accommodation | PBSA News
The plans by Rumrat will transform the Waterloo House and Regent House office buildings in Leicester into student accommodation.

Developers Rumrat Ltd have revised and submitted plans for a new student accommodation scheme in Leicester.

Situated on 71 Princess Road West in the city centre, the recently revised plans for the 200-bedroom development will transform the Grade II listed – and former Fielding Johnson Hospital – Regent House and underutilised office building Waterloo House.

The scheme will comprise a mix of studios, two-bedroom, and cluster apartments across 160 new homes at the historic sites. Alongside this, Rumrat will develop a new student building on the site of the current car park, providing a further 35 homes if the plans are approved.

“The additional storey to Waterloo House has been omitted entirely, [while] the roof extension to Regent House has been reduced to a single storey addition. [This will] bring the building’s overall height in line with that of the other buildings within the immediate area.”

Planning document for the scheme, Rumrat Ltd

Previously, the developers submitted plans to create 268 new student beds on-site, however, Leicester City Council declined the proposal in April 2023 after 200 local people had submitted their objections and concerns were raised regarding the overbearing nature of the scheme. Rumrat have assured the council that the new application has been ‘comprehensively revised’.