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another redundant office block conversion...


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Application Number 2014/02010/PA
Application Type Full Planning
Site Address Kensington House Suffolk Street Queensway Birmingham B1 1LN
Proposal Change of use from offices (Use Class B1) to 132 units of student accommodation (Use Class Sui Generis)
 

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haha far from exciting but development and investment nonetheless....

about years ago on in my first job, i wa working on designs for a 30 storey student block here... seems the own has either changed, or just changed their mind!
 

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The building changed hands in 2013


With this, bristol St residences and the one above the O2 being student accommodation aswel as the tesco development hopefully we can see some life moving to this side
 

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I guess its good to see this building come back into use.

At a guess i'd say in the late 1990's at least half of Brums skyline consisted of empty buildings. We've come a long way since then.
 

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I quite like the building in it's current form, doesn't this have a decent lighting scheme too? Seem to remember it having up lighters that look quite good of a night
 

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Thanks for the update.

I think there was already a chosen contractor for this refurbishment. It was spoken about in the circles last year anyway but I haven't heard anything else since.

Also in regards to student accommodation. There is a potentially massive 500 bed student scheme in bath row due to go in for planning soon.
 

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Thanks for the update.

I think there was already a chosen contractor for this refurbishment. It was spoken about in the circles last year anyway but I haven't heard anything else since.

Also in regards to student accommodation. There is a potentially massive 500 bed student scheme in bath row due to go in for planning soon.
Hmm.. odd place to put many of the student halls in this area. I'd have preferred housing to extend Park Central for an increase in affordable private housing and to make the area more permanently lived in. Student Halls should be a bit closer to the universities that they serve - for example, around the Sandpits, out by The Vale/Selly Oak, up by Millenium Point, and New Town/Aston area.
 

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There is loads of student flats on and around Bath Row, there has been dating way back into the early 90's as far as I can recall.

Its a great location for a manor of reasons.
 
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