Student halls get go-ahead

Local developer EHA Developments has won planning consent for a £15m student housing scheme at Chatham Place in Edge Hill, Liverpool.

Architects Falconer Chester Hall designed the 354-bedroom project divided into groups of units, each sharing communal lounges and kitchens. The development site formerly housed a school and has since been cleared.

Adam Hall, managing director of FCH Architects, said: "The principle of residential development on this site has been accepted for some time, and it is badly in need of regeneration. There have been a number of problems associated with it being empty for so long so it will be good to bring it back into use.

"We feel this scheme will provide a significant number of high-quality student accommodation units close to main faculty centres and facilities."

The buildings will be arranged around four courtyards and will rise to a maximum height of five storeys, with three and four-storey elevations along Chatham Place, Queensland Street and Overbury Street.

The accommodation will be served by 16 car parking spaces and 122 cycle spaces, plus a manned 24-hour security office. It will be largely brick-faced with the upper floors finished in lighter and coloured rain-screen cladding.

Work is expected to start on site in the autumn.

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