Welcome

Welcome to the website about our proposals for King Edward Court in Nottingham.

You’ll be able to find here all the information about the public consultation and our proposals for King Edward Court, as well as give us your feedback. The consultation closes on the 7th April 2021.

We are proposing a highly sustainable mixed-use scheme for the site, comprising first class purpose-built student accommodation with associated ground floor social space, commercial office and retail space to enliven the street, and open market and affordable homes on the eastern part of the site.

Students at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Business School continue to need a place to live, and many more are looking to purpose-built accommodation to meet their needs, particularly following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Whilst there have been some recent student accommodation schemes in Nottingham, there is still an unmet need for further purpose-built student accommodation, which will likely have increased by our planned opening date of 2024. In addition, the new homes and commercial spaces will help to provide much-needed homes and jobs for local people. Our plans will breathe new life back into this area, representing a significant improvement to the public realm and architectural quality of this area of the city centre.

We have been discussing our proposals with Nottingham City Council for a number of months and are now ready to present them to the public to receive feedback before submitting a planning application.

You’ll be able to find here all the information about the public consultation and our proposals for King Edward Court, as well as give us your feedback. The consultation closes on the 7th April 2021.

We are proposing a highly sustainable mixed-use scheme for the site, comprising first class purpose-built student accommodation with associated ground floor social space, commercial office and retail space to enliven the street, and open market and affordable homes on the eastern part of the site.

Students at the University of Nottingham, Nottingham Trent University and Nottingham Business School continue to need a place to live, and many more are looking to purpose-built accommodation to meet their needs, particularly following the COVID-19 outbreak.

Whilst there have been some recent student accommodation schemes in Nottingham, there is still an unmet need for further purpose-built student accommodation, which will likely have increased by our planned opening date of 2024. In addition, the new homes and commercial spaces will help to provide much-needed homes and jobs for local people. Our plans will breathe new life back into this area, representing a significant improvement to the public realm and architectural quality of this area of the city centre.

We have been discussing our proposals with Nottingham City Council for a number of months and are now ready to present them to the public to receive feedback before submitting a planning application.

The Site

The site is King Edward Court and sits at the junction of Glasshouse Street, Lower Parliament Street and King Edward Street

It is bordered to the north by Kent Street and to the east by Huntingdon Street, and is currently occupied by a cluster of offices and associated surface car parking. Our proposals will transform the site and create a modern, attractive and accessible environment to help revitalise the city centre.

The surrounding area is made up of commercial, residential and leisure buildings, notably the Pryzm nightclub and Litmus residential building. Other prominent buildings within the immediate surroundings include the Central Mission Church on Lower Parliament Street to the West.

The Council’s current Local Plan highlights the area as somewhere where development is to be encouraged.

The site also sits within one of the city’s Tall Building zones, with two existing tall buildings at either end of the site: Victoria Centre Flats (26 floors) and Litmus Building (14 storeys).

The site is within 1 mile of Nottingham Trent’s city centre campus and half a mile from the Nottingham Business School and as such is an attractive location for students to live. With a number of student residential buildings of varying scale and size within the surrounding area, there is a precedent for developments of this nature.

It is a highly sustainable location, close to key shopping areas and tram routes.

It is bordered to the north by Kent Street and to the east by Huntingdon Street, and is currently occupied by a cluster of offices and associated surface car parking. Our proposals will transform the site and create a modern, attractive and accessible environment to help revitalise the city centre.

The surrounding area is made up of commercial, residential and leisure buildings, notably the Pryzm nightclub and Litmus residential building. Other prominent buildings within the immediate surroundings include the Central Mission Church on Lower Parliament Street to the West.

The Council’s current Local Plan highlights the area as somewhere where development is to be encouraged.

The site also sits within one of the city’s Tall Building zones, with two existing tall buildings at either end of the site: Victoria Centre Flats (26 floors) and Litmus Building (14 storeys).

The site is within 1 mile of Nottingham Trent’s city centre campus and half a mile from the Nottingham Business School and as such is an attractive location for students to live. With a number of student residential buildings of varying scale and size within the surrounding area, there is a precedent for developments of this nature.

It is a highly sustainable location, close to key shopping areas and tram routes.

Our
Proposals

Our Proposals

Our proposals would regenerate this key site, providing a building of high-quality to act as a gateway to the city centre. Our plans for a highly-sustainable development will include student accommodation, a mixture of commercial and retail spaces on the ground floor, as well as open market and affordable housing to help meet local need.

We’ll be submitting full details for a new landmark building comprising high-quality, award-winning student accommodation to house approximately 580 students and applying for an in-principle permission on the use and massing of the residential block. A later application, known as a Reserved Matters application, will be submitted to finalise the details of the housing and commercial spaces.

We are proposing the student accommodation be 8 storeys in the south east of the site, and then the building steps up to 9 storeys towards Huntingdon Street to form the residential part of the development. This is to ensure that the buildings remain in keeping with nearby buildings, as can be seen from the below image.

Our proposal is for a cluster of three buildings, seamlessly connected internally but externally each facing a separate street which borders the site with a specific design. A 6-storey building will face Arundel Street, and house a new retail space, basketball court/gym, and reception on the ground floor, with residential accommodation and additional social space above. A 20-storey building of accommodation will front onto Yapton Street, where the site will be serviced from. Finally, a 27-storey student accommodation tower will be accessed via a reception for students on the corner of Yapton Street and Slindon Street.

In summary, our proposals are for:

  • Accommodation, social spaces and associated services for 580 students
  • A mix of 96 one and two bedroom open market and affordable homes that would be home to approximately 249 people
  • 4,550 sqft of commercial Office Space
  • 1,185 sqft of Retail Space
  • The development places an emphasis on sustainability and as such will be car free
  • The proposals are being designed to meet the BREEAM Excellent sustainability rating. We will do this by designing and constructing a building which by its nature is low in energy usage, and will then use technology to generate energy to reduce carbon use.

Design Process

The development has been designed to celebrate its location and surroundings, framing the historic junction of Lower Parliament Street and Glasshouse Street to once again provide a building of quality and prominence. A considered hierarchy of massing follows the adjacent street levels to provide a consistent and active elevation to all sides, whilst allowing the building to serve as an interface between the taller developments along Huntingdon Street and Conservation Areas to the South.

Each building's appearance directly references the history of the area, with a high-quality palette of materials and details that celebrate the Victoria, Georgian and Art Deco style of the surrounding streets. Curved ‘bullnose’ corners are employed along King Edward Street and Kent Street to follow the rich heritage of corner-turning buildings within Nottingham, many of which are located within the Lace Market Conservation Areas directly adjacent to the site.

Landscape design also plays a key role within the development, with improvements planned along both Kent Street and King Edward Street to improve the quality of the area, including a new public footway link and private student courtyard at the heart of the scheme. The greening of Kent Street through tree planting is also proposed.

Our Accommodation

The new building on the south-west of the site would be a maximum of 8 storeys in height and house around 580.

  • 22 6-bed social-studio apartments (132 beds)
  • 37 one-bed apartments (37 beds)
  • 67 two-bed studio apartments (134 beds)
  • 131 studio apartments (131 beds)
  • 23 four-bed apartments (92 beds)
  • 18 three-bed apartments (54 beds)

As you can see from the plan, there are significant areas of social, leisure, well-being and administration spaces on the ground floor and lower ground floor of this building, including lounge areas, private study areas, seating auditorium and a zero-waste shop. Our high-quality offer to our students also includes a gym and basketball court which will provide further activity along the frontage on the ground floor of the building.

Some of the social, welfare and communal spaces in the student accommodation.

As you can see from the plan, there are significant areas of social, leisure, well-being and administration spaces on the ground floor and lower ground floor of this building, including lounge areas, private study areas, seating auditorium and a zero-waste shop. Our high-quality offer to our students also includes a gym and basketball court which will provide further activity along the frontage on the ground floor of the building.

We provide high-quality homes for students across the country, creating spaces where they want to live and work.

We provide high-quality homes for students across the country, creating spaces where they want to live and work.

We believe our high-quality offer to students, including these benefits, will attract students to live in the City Centre, increasing footfall and activity, helping to boost the local economy.

We also provide our students with high-quality facilities so that they can truly feel at home, relax with their friends, work on their studies and be safe. You can see here the typical design and layout of the rooms we provide, along with some of those facilities. We also really care about our students and the experience they have and look after them through management, support and events.

The commercial space and new homes

The proposed housing will be in the north-east building, and also be nine-storeys tall. Whilst the final details of this building will be finalised in a later Reserved Matters application, an indicative number of homes could be:

  • 7 one-bedroom apartments, designed for one person
  • 49 one-bedroom apartments, designed for two people
  • 29 two-bedroom apartments, designed for three people
  • 13 two-bedroom apartments, designed for four people

There would also be a proposed 4,550 sqft of modern employment space and 1,185 sqft of Retail space on the ground floor, to ensure an active frontage along the entire site, providing jobs and employment space to the local economy.

The building creates a landmark building for the Northern gateway of the city and would be a recognisable building of quality to frame the arterial route onto Lower Parliament Street, whilst framing the key vistas into the city.

You can download a full set of the plans for the building here.

The commercial space and new homes

The proposed housing will be in the north-east building, and also be nine-storeys tall. Whilst the final details of this building will be finalised in a later Reserved Matters application, an indicative number of homes could be:

  • 7 one-bedroom apartments, designed for one person
  • 49 one-bedroom apartments, designed for two people
  • 29 two-bedroom apartments, designed for three people
  • 13 two-bedroom apartments, designed for four people

There would also be a proposed 4,550 sqft of modern employment space and 1,185 sqft of Retail space on the ground floor, to ensure an active frontage along the entire site, providing jobs and employment space to the local economy.

The building creates a landmark building for the Northern gateway of the city and would be a recognisable building of quality to frame the arterial route onto Lower Parliament Street, whilst framing the key vistas into the city.

You can download a full set of the plans for the building here.

Timeline & Next Steps

Following the consultation, we will review the feedback and make any appropriate alterations to the scheme, before submitting our plans to Nottingham City Council.

7th April 2021

Consultation closes and we review feedback

Mid April 2021

Review feedback and submit final plans to Nottingham City Council

Summer 2021

Determination by Nottingham City Council

Autumn 2021

Begin construction on student accommodation building

Summer 2024

Construction complete and students move in

7th April 2021

Consultation closes and we review feedback

Mid April 2021

Review feedback and submit final plans to Nottingham City Council

Summer 2021

Determination by Nottingham City Council

Autumn 2021

Begin construction on student accommodation building

Summer 2024

Construction complete and students move in

Have your say

We’re really keen to know what you think about our plans.

You can use the feedback form below to give us your feedback and register for updates. Our consultation is open for your feedback until Wednesday 7th April (midnight).

All of the information you provide will be reviewed, taken on board and where appropriate alterations may be made to our plans. The feedback and our response to it will be summarised and submitted as part of the Planning Application.

Our consultation period has now closed, but please do feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions about our proposals.

Contact

General Information

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PHONE: 0800 689 5209

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