Almost 300 new students bedrooms are to be constructed on derelict land near Birmingham City. Developers eye derelict land near Aston and Birmingham City universities for an supplementary student project.

New plans have been unwrapped to develop 280 bedrooms on the site at the corner of Dartmouth Middleway and Heneage Street.

The development would have a combination of 214 self-contained studios with the remainder of the rooms in shared flats with social spaces on the ground floor.

There would also be 70 secure spaces for bike parking but nothing for cars if the application is given the green light by city council planners.

The proposed building, close to Aston University and Birmingham City universities and the National College for High Speed Rail, has been designed in a U shape of three blocks reaching up to ten storeys at its highest point. It is expected to create ten full-time jobs once complete.

The application site, which is currently vacant, is in an industrial area of the city containing predominantly low-rise business units dating from the 1950s and 60s built after extensive damage during the Second World War.

During the Victorian period, it formed part of a larger area including the Caledonia Tin Plate Works, Excelsior Wire Works and a number of smaller buildings.

The project has been designed by Digbeth-based D5 Architects on behalf of a private landowner.

A design statement accompanying the application said: “Given the site’s location along Dartmouth Middleway and its proximity to a number of higher education institutions, the site presents an ideal opportunity to develop student accommodation.

“The proposals seek to respond to the massing of the surrounding area.

“We believe the proposals are appropriate for the site given its position and believe they will be a positive enhancement to the existing streetscape.”


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