Planning has been submitted for the latest building in Cardiff’s most important growth area, on behalf of Fusion Students.
The proposals, for a 25-storey, 674 bed student accommodation development which will transform a vacant site adjacent to Herbert Street and the Dock Feeder canal, will now be considered by planning officers before being voted on by the council’s planning committee.
A previous planning application – for 180 residential units – had already been permitted for the site. However, when Fusion Students bought the land in May 2016, it felt that student accommodation was a better fit in this location and could maximise the benefits of the site in a way residential could not.
The new scheme will provide all the facilities now expected in modern student accommodation, including a laundry, study rooms and offices for support staff. Adding a touch of luxury to the development, we’ve incorporated a further 8,900 sq ft of additional high-end amenities including a student gym, dinner party rooms and a cinema. This will help to promote a sense of community for the 674 students who will call the building home.
Ground floor commercial space will also help integrate the development into the surrounding area. The potential for a restaurant or café as part of the plans – to be used by local people as well as students – will open up the space and make the area more attractive and inviting for everyone.
Michael Lampard, Group Design Director, Corstorphine + Wright, said: “Cardiff’s Capital Quarter has already undergone a huge transformation, and this development will make a significant contribution to the overall vision. As identified in the Masterplan for the area, there is a need to provide a real mix of uses that are integrated across the Quarter. While the site already has permission for residential units, we feel that the inclusion of this new student accommodation will help deliver a buzz and bring energy, diversity and vibrancy to the area both day and night.
“With the site sitting so close to all Cardiff’s universities and the train station, there is a major opportunity to create a vibrant mix of uses in the area, combined with good quality public realm and fantastic services.
“We have a great deal of experience of delivering student accommodation schemes across the country, but we are particularly proud of this development and its potential to transform this area of Cardiff.”
The building has been sensitively designed to respond to the surrounding area. For example, darker brickwork used on the south west corner of the site is designed to match the dark brickwork synonymous with traditional railway architecture. The saw tooth design at the top of the building will give it a strong identity and recognises that it has the potential to become a landmark both in the Quarter and Cardiff generally.
Historically the Capital Quarter was used as a mixed industrial area but is now being transformed into a vibrant new area of Cardiff. A masterplan received planning permission in 2009 and progress has already been made to deliver new office buildings, a car park and a pedestrian footbridge to connect to the city centre.
As one of the most important growth areas in the city, the area lies between the city centre and Cardiff Bay, and is only minutes from Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and the University of South Wales. This lends itself well to student accommodation schemes, to help meet strong demand in the city.