Green light for major Birmingham student scheme

McLaren Property and Aventicum Real Estate have secured approval to develop purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) and build-to-rent (BTR) facilities at Queen’s Hospital Close in Birmingham.

The project involves restoring two historic buildings and constructing new ones to offer 759 PBSA bed spaces and 189 BTR units in the city centre, near the canal.

For the main listed building, named ‘West’, the refurbishment will include providing commercial and amenity spaces for students and the community.

As for the ‘East’ building, it will be renovated to offer 52 studio apartments.

The new PBSA buildings will house 707 bedrooms, replacing outdated on-site accommodation that no longer meets the needs of modern students.

Charles Frost, senior development manager at McLaren Property, said: “We are thrilled to be able to progress our plans to bring new life to the Queen’s Hospital Close site and restore the original listed buildings, as well as deliver much-needed student accommodation and new homes to the City of Birmingham. We very much look forward to continuing to work with Birmingham City Council and with Aventicum to regenerate the area and help deliver the next generation of high-quality accommodation.”

Jan Dijkstra, senior director at Aventicum Real Estate, added: “Our commitment to the redevelopment of Queen’s Hospital Close reflects our long-term conviction in the European living sector and in particular Birmingham as one of the UK’s most dynamic cities. Partnering with McLaren Property enables us to further expand this strategy and deliver a high-quality development with strong ESG credentials to the benefit of the local community.

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