Second phase of Birmingham student accommodation scheme completed

Sophie Preece (CRM) and Adrian Roddick (Pennycuick Collins)

The second phase of a student accommodation scheme in Birmingham has been completed.

The Bristol Street scheme includes a five storey new build and the restoration of a prominent Grade A locally listed Edwardian building (see below).

In addition to the student accommodation, the development includes further ground floor retail space to complement the existing retail units fronting Bristol Street.

The site has special historic interest having been partially damaged during World War II air raids on the city, and is located within the Gooch Estate, which dominates the Southside area of Birmingham.

The latest phase comprises an additional 64 student rooms and nine studios, all with en-suite facilities, access to shared communal kitchen facilities, a student lounge and concierge services.

Managed by CRM Students, which operates student residences totalling 23,000 bed spaces across the UK, Shaylor Group was the appointed main contractor, St Paul’s Associates the architects and Nolan Associates were engaged as structural engineers, with Pennycuick Collins completing the project management.

Adrian Roddick, a partner at Pennycuick Collins and head of building consultancy, said: “Our involvement in the Bristol Street student and commercial scheme has been from inception in an advisory capacity as managing agents of the Gooch Estate, through to delivery of the completed project.

“This was a complex assignment on one of Birmingham’s busiest arterial routes, and the end result provides much needed high-specification student living.

“The successful outcome is testament to a collaborative approach from a predominantly Midlands-based team of experts. We look forward to announcing details of the commercial tenants in the coming weeks.”

He said the building had been sympathetically and thoughtfully restored, and helped transform an area of Birmingham undergoing major regeneration.

Sophie Preece, from CRM Students, added: “The student accommodation housing sector is unrecognisable compared to 10 years ago and tenants are demanding higher standards than ever before. Bristol Street offers an extremely attractive rental option for students in a central city centre location and an easy commute to their campuses.”

The accommodation is fitted out to a high standard and has the latest internet access. Since launching the first phase in 2013, the scheme has attracted strong interest from British and overseas students studying at the city’s Aston, Birmingham and Birmingham City Universities. In total there are 154 student beds at the Bristol Street development.

The Bristol Street apartments