17-storey student accommodation scheme gets backing of planners

How the scheme will look

Plans to build a major student accommodation scheme on the site of the former Sentinel building in the Southside regeneration area of Nottingham have been given the nod by the city council’s planning officers.

The scheme, by developer Jensco, will go before the planning committee next Wednesday (June 19). It includes 356 bedrooms made up of 222 cluster rooms, 112 studios and 22 studio suites, has been designed by CPMG and will reach 17 storeys at its tallest point.

A planning statement said: “To create a dynamic and vibrant community, the project places a great focus to becoming an appropriate bookend to Traffic Street introducing a tower of appropriate height to mark this initiative. A positive accelerator of urban life created by a hierarchy of public realm spaces to the benefit of all the residents in the area. These spaces are reinforced through active frontages and have been configured to dialogue with the surrounding buildings.”

In 2020, plans to build a 183 apartments on the site were shelved.

KMRE Group had previously submitted plans to build the scheme, which was planned to be 15 storeys in places.

Sentinel House was previously three-storey light industrial works, with a goods yard at the east end of the site. It was demolished in 2008 and the site has been vacant since. It is unsurfaced and in temporary use as a car park.

Planning permission for a mixed-use office and retail scheme has been twice approved (in 2007 and 2011) – but the scheme was neither time built.

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