Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Property Group, is pleased to announce that it has secured resolution to grant planning consent to deliver a 384-bed purpose-built student accommodation development at the northern end of Howard Gardens in Cardiff with an approximate gross development value of £36m upon practical completion.
Completion of the scheme is due in time for the 2020/21 academic year. Prime Student Living, the student accommodation lettings and operational management arm of the Crosslane Property Group, will be responsible for marketing, lettings, management and achieving full occupancy prior to practical completion.
The building will include a range of high-quality communal facilities, including a common room, study hub and gym as well as superfast 100MB WiFi throughout the building. While much of the more recent student accommodation developments in the city have been self-contained studios, the development is focused on shared cluster flats of between four and eight bedrooms, sharing a kitchen and living room. This design helps students make the most of their educational and social experiences, as well as providing rooms at more affordable prices.
The redevelopment will enhance the area and complement the Council’s wider improvement plans, which include restoring and enhancing the Howard Gardens park on the southern end of the square. Crosslane’s approved plans for the development also include an improved open green space for local residents with a public coffee shop on the ground floor of the building facing onto the park.
The development, which is located in Adamsdown, is ideally placed for students due to its close proximity to city centre amenities, as well as to a number of key university campus sites, such as the Cardiff University Engineering Block and the University of South Wales. The scheme is within easy walking distance of most of the university buildings within the city, encouraging students living there to walk, cycle or use public transport and a large indoor secure bicycle storage facility will be provided, helping to discourage car ownership and prevent additional traffic and parking congestion.
The building will be constructed to the highest architectural standards and BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certified. This denotes the scheme will be designed and developed to meet high standards of sustainability and reduce ongoing operational running costs, including roof solar panels, a green “living” roof, as well as numerous other environmentally conscious design features and construction methods.
Cardiff’s student population is already over 50,000, having continued to increase ahead of the national average for several years, with particular growth from international students. As a result, the city has a significant shortfall of suitable accommodation for students which is failing to keep up with demand. The further supply of new high-quality, purpose-built student accommodation, such as at Howard Gardens, helps to meet this growing demand and also frees up private housing in Cardiff to rent by families and young professionals.
Boyes Rees are the appointed architects for the development.
Lisa Timberlake, Development Manager at Crosslane Student Developments, said:
“Crosslane is pleased to have successfully secured resolution to grant planning consent for its new, high-quality, purpose-built student accommodation development at Howard Gardens in Cardiff following extensive engagement with the local planning authority on the design and a public consultation process with local residents. At 384 beds, the scheme will be a significant contribution to easing the supply/demand fundamentals which persist for purpose-built student accommodation in the city, helping to free up private housing to rent by families and young professionals.”
The development, located in Adamsdown, is ideally placed for students due to its close proximity to city centre amenities, as well as to a number of key university campus sites, all within walking distance. Crosslane is committed to ensuring the long-term success and integration of this project into the neighbourhood and looks forward to working with local businesses to encourage students to shop and eat out locally within the area.”