LSH submit planning for Birmingham’s Maple House PBSA

Lambert Smith Hampton submit planning for the transformation of Maple House into a new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme.

CGI of the Maple House student accommodation development in Birmingham | PBSA News
CGI of the Maple House student accommodation development in Birmingham.

A new Birmingham purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme could be on the horizon as plans have been formulated for local authority approval.

Acting on behalf of asset manager Linden Hill, Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH) has submitted plans for the redevelopment of Maple House in Birmingham city centre to a 383-bed PBSA scheme.

The proposals involve a major retrofit and refurbishment that will see the existing five-storey structure extended to ten storeys to provide 207 ensuite studios and 176 bed clusters of six, seven and ten. Facilities will include 164 bike spaces and a retained basement car park for this highly sustainable central location. Other amenities include study areas, a communal dining hall, games room and gym.

Maple House is a 62,500 sq ft office building originally built in the 1960’s and significantly reworked in the 1990s, which includes some ground floor retail. Current occupiers include Tesco, Siemens and ETC Venues.

The ongoing transformation of Birmingham City – centred around New Street, Snow Hill, Moor Street and the upcoming HS2 stations, as well as an undersupply of PBSA within the city centre – presented an opportunity to repurpose and revitalise Maple House in line with evolving requirements.

LSH see the proposed development as contributing towards the Central Birmingham Framework 2024.

“The mix of uses across UK town and city centres is constantly evolving and repurposing existing stock is a vital part of delivering sustainable urban communities. This scheme promises to bring a tired building back into contemporary use and will provide vital new accommodation for Birmingham’s growing student community whilst promising responding to Birmingham City Council’s recently approved Our Future City: Central Birmingham Framework 2045”.

Antony Harding, Director in LSH’s planning team

LSH provided planning and public consultation services on the project and led extensive pre-application engagement with Birmingham City Council and Historic England, helping to establish the appropriate balance between design-heritage-building expansion.

By working collaboratively with architect ECE Westworks, client, and lead officers in exploring and evolving the building typology and townscape, it resulted in a sustainability led solution through core retention with complete façade replacement and a five-storey vertical extension.