Plans to transform a vacant site in Leeds city centre into 88 high specification studio apartments for students have been submitted.
Brewster Bye Architects, acting on behalf of developer Urban Developments (York) Ltd, has put forward the transformative proposal.
If approved, the current two-storey building would be demolished, bringing forward the nine-storey build.
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Delivered under the Engage brand, the building would also include a lounge, gym, study rooms, a cinema room and laundry facilities. Four of the studios are accessible and there are two larger premium studios.
The development will also include a staffed reception area and 23 cycle spaces.
The submission follows extensive engagement with planning officers. The site had previously been granted planning permission for a mixed-use scheme, four years ago.
Mark Henderson, from Brewster Bye Architects, said: “Since the initial planning application, this area of Leeds, has benefited from significant investment and development and become a really attractive area for students.
“Last year the former Santander office building, which is adjacent to this site, was granted approval for conversion into part four, part 10 and part 32 storey development of over 500 apartments.
“Known as the Merrion Project, this scheme will provide an attractive focal point in a cluster of taller buildings in the area, and our design would sit well in this expertly and freshly designed part of Leeds.”
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Located on the northern edge of the city’s main shopping and leisure quarters, the city’s main university campuses and Leeds General Infirmary, are all less than a 10-minute walk away.
Nick Gould from Urban Developments (York) Ltd, said: “The close proximity to both the universities and the city’s main shopping and leisure districts means that this area, in the heart of the acclaimed Arena Quarter, has become very popular for residential and student accommodation development.
“It’s now one of the city’s most vibrant areas, and has a mix of bars, cafes, restaurants and takeaways on the doorstep, as well as a host of retail and cultural offerings.
“The Leeds Arena and the investment in the Merrion Centre makes it a popular destination for leisure and entertainment that is ideal for students. We believe that this exclusive development will be a great place for people to live and enjoy the very best of Leeds, whilst benefiting from first class higher education.”
Part five, part seven and part nine storeys high, if approved it could be ready for occupation by summer 2023.
The development is the second student scheme under the Engage brand to be submitted for planning by the Urban Developments and Brewster Bye team. A planning application was submitted earlier this year to build a major new 297-bedroom student accommodation scheme in Nottingham.