Topland secures planning to develop Cardiff PBSA

Working alongside Colico Living, the consent will allow Topland to deliver much-needed student accommodation in a Russell Group city.

Topland achieved planning consent for the new PBSA development alongside partner Colico Living | PBSA News
Topland achieved planning consent for the new PBSA development alongside partner Colico Living.

One of the UK’s largest privately owned investment groups – Topland – has gained planning consent for a new landmark purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) development in Cardiff city centre.

Based on Greyfriars Road, the approved plans will deliver 585 student beds in a mix of studio, en-suite clusters and one bed apartments in a 28-storey tower. The development will replace a vacant 1960s office building that formerly housed Tiger Tiger nightclub.

Designed by architects Rio and Westworks, the scheme will have far reaching views over the city centre and Cardiff Castle. It will provide amenity space, a roof garden, and commercial space at ground floor alongside the student apartments.

“This is another example of Topland investing in its portfolio to re-purpose assets and add value. This will be a great addition to the city centre, providing much needed high quality, sustainable student accommodation.”

William Davies, Director of Asset Management, Topland Group

The city centre is home to Russell Group Cardiff University and is currently experiencing a significant undersupply of student homes, with 57% of students unable to access accommodation.

Topland has worked with its development partner Colico Living to achieve the consent, having previously worked successfully together on Paradise View, a high-quality Build to Rent scheme in Birmingham city centre.

“We are delighted to be working with Topland Group on what will be a fantastic addition to the Cardiff skyline. The redevelopment of Friary House to provide best in class student accommodation in a prime city centre location in the Welsh Capital City is a project we are proud of and excited to be involved with.”

Jon Stewart, Director, Colico Living