The site is located in the retail heart of the city, within easy reach of all amenities and easily accessible via public transport. The building is currently occupied by retail over two levels, with a further four disused levels above. These floors have been stripped of their previous retail use, with the intention of bringing this part of the building back to life by adapting it into student accommodation.
The proposed development of 330 student bedrooms will house a mixture of cluster apartments and studio units above the existing retail units, as well as offering communal facilities and an external courtyard created within the centre of the building. Particular attention has been made during the design phase to ensure the appearance and character of the building is preserved; as such, the extension of two additional storeys utilises the same elevational treatment as the existing.
Planning Permission was granted in June 2018.