Unite Group's Oldham Street scheme totals 772 bedrooms

Liverpool signs off 1,000 rooms for students

Liverpool City Council’s latest planning committee meeting has granted consent to the development of around 350 flats delivering 1,000 bedrooms for the student accommodation market.

At a one-acre site in Oldham Street, developer Unite Group plans four blocks, made up of 106 cluster flats and 58 studios, totalling 772-bedrooms. The development would range in height up to 12-storeys.

The project is earmarked for a vacant site near to St Luke’s Church, which is currently used as a car park.

The scheme is designed by Rio Architects.

In the Baltic Triangle area of the city, proposals from North Point Global and PHD1 Construction for the second and third phases of a student accommodation scheme on Norfolk Street have been approved.

Designed by BLOK Architects, phase two near St James Street would be made up of a part-nine and part-six storey block with 125 flats, while phase three near Jamaica Street would be part-five and part-nine storeys with 72 studios.

The buildings will also have ground floor units occupied by a café and shops.

According to plans submitted to the council, the scheme will be marketed to Chinese investors.

Liverpool city centre has seen an influx of planning applications and approvals for student accommodation projects in the last year, which has led to calls for the council to produce a development strategy for the sector. However an independent review commissioned by the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson published in September concluded that the pipeline of new schemes does not need to be limited as “the growth is part of the natural development cycle and will eventually diminish”.

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Hmm and independent review hey!
Not sure! Anyway perhaps all the streets in the dales roads of Smithdown Road could then be put back to family housing and solve the family housing issues and bring the communities back together! But it definitely needs a development plan!

By Bob Dawson