Alumno complete ‘best-in-class’ Birmingham PBSA development

The new 127-bedroom PBSA building is in the heart of Birmingham from developer Alumno to enhance the vibrant university city.

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Alumno complete Birmingham PBSA development.

Pershore Junction is a new 167-bedroom purpose-built student (PBSA) building in the heart of Birmingham from developer Alumno.

Alumno is a strong advocate of enriching the surrounding areas of all its student developments. They ensure there are opportunities to integrate the arts using local creative talent.

At Pershore Junction they worked with local artists to deliver a poetry installation from Birmingham’s former poet laureate, Casey Bailey. Additionally, they hosted a local student photography exhibition.

“It is wonderful to see this dynamic building come to life and provide accommodation for Birmingham’s expanding student population. Working with the local authority and community was integral to the buildings’ success and it has re-energised the overlooked site to offer a unique student experience and enhance this vibrant university town.”

David Campbell, Alumno managing Director

Who Hup praised Alumno for delivering this high-quality Birmingham PBSA in a tier-one location.

“Who Hup is delighted to launch this new property to add to our existing portfolio of 1,000 plus PBSA beds in the UK. We believe high-quality PBSA in tier one locations offers great opportunities to investors. We are extremely grateful to the Alumno and GMI teams for their support in delivering a best-in-class building and look forward to welcoming students in September 2024.”

Philip Johnson, Head of Investment at Who Hup

The contemporary brick building fits appropriately into the fabric of the local area and was designed by architects Howells.

“Pershore Junction contributes appropriately to the ongoing transformation of Stirchley, with the design delivering a contemporarily crafted brick and terracotta building that remains clearly of its place, drawing reference to materials and details found on several local landmarks, including Selly Park Church and Dogpool Lane Hotel.

“Stirchley is a fantastic part of Birmingham and the quality the whole team have been able to deliver will serve to set the benchmark for new buildings coming forward in the area – we have always remained committed to providing design excellence for this site and the design overall has benefited significantly through community and local authority involvement.”

Alan McCartney, Partner at Howells

GMI Construction Group PLC heralded their burgeoning partnership with Alumno.

“As part of our on-going partnership with Alumno, we’re delighted and incredibly proud to see another fantastic project complete. This new PBSA has been delivered to an incredibly high standard and has been sustainably designed and built to meet the needs of Birmingham’s ever growing student population.”

Gareth Jones, Divisional Managing Director, GMI Construction Group PLC

In April, Alumno and partner Hurlington Capital, an investor and developer announced that approval has been granted for a new development in Stratford, east London.

The proposed scheme sits near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, which hosted the capital’s highly successful 2012 Olympics Games. Planning permission for the development was granted on 27 February 2024. 

University College London (UCL) has expressed interest in a nomination’s agreement, with the site being just a ten-minute walk from its new East Campus. This would enable UCL to propose a minimum number of students for the new PBSA scheme each year.

In line with Alumno’s commitment to each of its developments benefitting the local community, the adjacent canal towpath will be upgraded. Several affordable artist workspaces are proposed for the ground floor. This initiative will be run in partnership with London’s leading visual arts organisation SPACE Studios, which supports artists by providing creative workspaces.