Godwin Developments submits plans for Bristol PBSA scheme

Godwin Developments' proposed scheme will provide much-needed student accommodation in Bristol city, located within a key area.

Godwin Developments has submitted plans for a new student scheme in Bristol | PBSA News
Godwin Developments has submitted plans for a new student scheme in Bristol.

Property developer Godwin Developments has submitted a planning application for a 101-bed student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in central Bristol.

Located on Newfoundland Road, the proposed development comprises a mix of five, six, seven, and nine-bedroom clusters with residential amenities and ten accessible studios in a seven-storey building.

The ground floor incorporates shared resident and management spaces fronting onto Newfoundland Road in addition to a private garden, bike storage and service areas to the rear of the scheme. Flexible office space of 84 sqm suitable for local businesses in the community has also been provided.

Designed by Bristol-based The Bush Consultancy, the PBSA development is within walking and cycling distance of the city centre, both universities and Bristol Temple Meads train station. Residents will also benefit from access to excellent public transport links situated near the scheme.

“Bristol suffers from a chronic undersupply of student accommodation. Our proposals will help to alleviate the shortfall of PBSA in the city through an attractive building that benefits from proximity to the city centre and has good transport connections to the surrounding areas of Bristol, including the universities. This highly sustainable scheme not only addresses Bristol’s net zero aspirations, but will also reduce energy costs in operation and ensure future residents will be able to benefit from cheaper bills.”

Matt Chandler, Managing Director, Godwin Developments

The building has been created to achieve a BREEAM Excellent rating, with features such as air source heat pumps, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, passive design, and a connection to the District Heat Network. In line with Bristol’s net zero aspirations, the PBSA scheme will be car-free, and will deliver a 47% reduction in carbon emissions compared to similar developments and over 50% of biodiversity net gain.

Social impact will be delivered through the creation of 12 local jobs when fully operational and a range of employment, learning and training opportunities during construction. In total, the scheme will create over £67m of economic benefit for Bristol and the surrounding areas.

The professional team working alongside Godwin on this application included planning consultants Rapleys, project managers Provelio and engineering practice Craddy’s.