Crosslane Student Developments submits planning application for new purpose-built 311-bed student accommodation development in Swansea


Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Group, has submitted a planning application in Swansea for a high-quality purpose-built student accommodation development on The Kingsway, Swansea with an anticipated gross development value of c.£24 million. The proposed six storey scheme, rising to 11 storeys in one corner of the property, will comprise 311 beds for students and is due for completion in time for the 2019/2020 academic year. Prime Student Living, the student accommodation lettings and operational management arm of Crosslane, will be responsible for achieving full occupancy prior to practical completion.

The site is situated north-west of the city centre, in close proximity to the primary shopping area and the mainline train station. The University of Wales Trinity Saint David’s and The University of Swansea’s main campuses are a short walk and bus ride away, respectively.

Crosslane has submitted its proposal to develop the site, currently a car park and restaurant, into a new purpose-built, high specification student accommodation scheme, comprising 28 self-contained studio apartments and 283 en-suite cluster flats of between five and nine bedrooms. The property will feature a private landscaped courtyard and significant dedicated communal areas to encourage collaborative working and socialising, which has been zoned to facilitate different uses, such as group study, relaxing, watching TV and an entertainment/games area. The ground floor includes bicycle storage, the reception and management area for resident students, as well as a retail unit fronting onto The Kingsway.

Swansea is a popular university town with approximately 21,000 students studying at its two established universities, the University of Swansea and the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, with the former currently ranked 39th in the Guardian University League Tables 2018. Both universities have recently committed to significant investments in and expansions to their campuses, such as the £450 million investment at the University of Swansea Bay Campus.

Crosslane has appointed Day Architectural as the architects for the development.

Lisa Timberlake, Development Manager, Crosslane Student Developments, said:

“Crosslane is pleased to have submitted its planning application for a new student accommodation development on The Kingsway, Swansea. The proposed city centre scheme is close to the main shopping area and the city’s mainline train station, within very easy reach of both The University of Wales Trinity Saint David and the University of Swansea.

“At 311 beds, the scheme will have a significant impact in easing the supply/demand fundamentals for purpose-built student accommodation in the city, as the city’s two universities continue to invest heavily in their expansion.”