11/2/2013 Go ahead for £75m student scheme in Cambridge

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Downing has today received planning permission for a 354 bedroom student accommodation development in Cambridge.

The plans are part of a £75 million scheme which, when complete, will see Downing deliver three six-storey blocks totalling 586 bedrooms. The works are due to start on site in spring 2013 and complete in autumn 2014.

Designed by AJ100 architects Falconer Chester Hall, the accommodation will comprise a mixture of contemporary cluster flats and studios with a retail arcade on the ground floor. The building aims to achieve a BREEAM rating of Excellent, will use photo-voltaic roof panels to generate part of its power and include 300 cycle stands to encourage sustainable travel.

The accommodation forms part of the wider CB1 regeneration scheme of Cambridge railway station and the surrounding areas and includes the development of residential apartments, commercial space, retail and hotel space, restaurants and bars.

Paul Houghton, development director at Downing, said: “Downing has delivered a number of high-profile student accommodation schemes to cities across the UK and we are pleased to bring this high-quality development to Cambridge.

“This is one of the most desirable university cities in the world with a vibrant and expanding student population. Our scheme will provide the highest-standard affordable accommodation to keep up with growing demand.”

Alastair Shepherd, director at Falconer Chester Hall, said: “Working alongside the local authority, we have designed a scheme which will enhance the emerging community, with a retail lined arcade serving both residents and visitors to the city. Modern, high quality, well lit student bedrooms above will provide much needed accommodation as the colleges continue to expand. Sitting next to Cambridge Railway Station, the building is the final piece in the jigsaw for the southern quarter of the CB1 masterplan.”