UCB unveils plans to redevelop dated student accommodation

University College Birmingham (UCB) has proposed plans to redevelop its current student accommodation into one building.

Cambrian Wharf would be split across two blocks, 34-storey Canal Block and 14-storey Courtyard Block and will comprise 1,200-beds on Brindley Drive.

The new scheme would encompass 850 students, who currently live in a different UCB site on Granville Street, The Maltings. In addition to bedrooms, students will benefit from improved student amenities, communal spaces and public realm.

The current campus accommodation was built in the 1970s and no longer meets the modern-day requirements needed for student living.

A full planning application is progressing as well as a public consultation on plans, running until June 14. UCB is set to submit the application to Birmingham City Council later this year and anticipates if permission is granted, work on the scheme would start at the end of 2024.
Mark Payne, executive director of finance and corporate services, UCB said: “The proposals for the redevelopment of our existing student accommodation offer will strengthen the University’s ability to offer a world-class, supportive student experience in well-located, good value, quality accommodation.
“This redevelopment provides an opportunity to widen the choice and supply of student bedrooms whilst ensuring they are fulfilling the requirements of future students studying at the University.”

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