Major student scheme set to be green-lit in Selly Oak

Credit: The Galliard Apsley Partnership and Corstorphine & Wright

The redevelopment of the former Selly Oak Sainsbury’s into an 836-bed student accommodation scheme is set to be approved.

GHL (Selly Oak), a collaboration between Galliard Homes and Apsley House Capital, submitted plans to spearhead the regeneration of the brownfield site on Bristol Road, with a target of a BREEAM Excellent rating. 

Credit: Google Earth

The JV acquired the land last April, to add to its Birmingham-focused portfolio with a potential GDV in excess of more than £500m.

Birmingham City Council planning officers have advised that the scheme should be given the green light, subject to a legal agreement that will see GHL pay £65k for the monitoring and management of parking in the surrounding streets.

Its planning officer recommended the site to be accepted in principle, “given this is a brownfield site in a highly sustainable location within walking distance of the University of Birmingham campus”.

The partnership has proposed to build 472 self-contained studios and 364 en-suite rooms which are arranged in clusters of between 4 and 8 bedrooms with a share shared lounge and kitchen.

Designed by Corstorphine & Wright, The Triangle will comprise two blocks between four and six storeys.

Across the two buildings, 11 internal communal rooms will be provided with a total provision of 13,700 sq ft which includes a gym, cinema, study room, wellness area and lounge. Block B will have 13,600 sq ft of retail space, a 13,300 sq ft medical centre with 34 parking spaces and a central courtyard.

A total of 472 cycle spaces are proposed, 426 of which are within secure parking areas across both blocks and 23 sheffield stands (46 spaces) spread across the development.

These plans have been revised after the scheme was originally rejected, based on concerns about its scale and density that would cause significant harm to the character and appearance of the area.

The 4,770.1 sq m former Sainsbury’s building has already been demolished ready for development.

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