Norwich bus station site scheme could see 230 students living in city centre

An artist's impression of the proposed All Saints development in Norwich, which would house almost 230 students. An artist's impression of the proposed All Saints development in Norwich, which would house almost 230 students.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013
6:30 AM

Almost 230 students could be living in the heart of Norwich, if plans which would transform the area around the city’s bus station get the go-ahead.

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London-based Alumno Developments has lodged plans with Norwich City Council for the redevelopment of the city centre site for a scheme they have branded as All Saints Norwich.

If approved, it would see a 228-bedroom student accommodation block of up to nine storeys built on the east side of the bus station site, between the YMCA and Queens Road.

The developers, who carried out consultation earlier this year, say there is a need for student accommodation, with more than 19,000 students in higher education at the city’s two universities - the University of East Anglia and the Norwich University of the Arts.

The company also commissioned a report on the impact of higher education on Norwich’s economy, which stated that full-time students in the city spend an average of more than £10,000 a head each year on expenses such as housing costs, personal expenditure, food and entertainment, much of which goes into the city’s economy.

David Campbell, managing director of Alumno Developments, said: “Norwich has a growing reputation as a first class learning city with higher education playing a big role in the city’s community, culture and economy.

“These factors are a major reason why we are so enthusiastic about the opportunity to be able to invest in the city and I am pleased that we have submitted our planning application for new student accommodation on this key site.

“The fact that students spend over £250m per year in the city’s economy and the universities employ over 6,000 staff, nearly a tenth of the Norwich workforce, speak for themselves.”

Both the UEA and NUA have given the scheme their support in letters accompanying the application to the city council.

Roger Bond, director of estates at the UEA, said: “This would be the first purpose-built, privately developed student housing project in Norwich and will be a welcome complement to our own estates programme.”

He said the site was ideal for students, with good bus links to the UEA campus and would make Norwich even more attractive to prospective students.

Angela Robson, deputy vice-chancellor at NUA, said: “The availability of high quality student accommodation in the city is vital.

“Purpose-built developments such as this will allow NUA and the other educational institutions to grow responsibly, while also reducing the pressure on existing housing stock.”

The majority of bedrooms will be in self-contained cluster flats, with six ensuite bedrooms and a kitchen/lounge, while there would also be a small number of self-contained studios.

It would be a car free development.

The plans also seek permission to demolish numbers 52 and 54 All Saints Green, the refurbishment of Number 50 - a Grade II listed building - and the creation of a ‘pocket park’.

The proposals are likely to come before members of Norwich City Council’s planning committee later this year.

10 comments

  • Before the Inner link Road was contructed there were 1000s of fine Edwardain and Victorian Houses in this area,the city council have succeded with this apalling destruction,now posibbly adding to it all with this faceless grey building

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • I'm all for it. Students need cheap central accomodation rather than living out the back-o-beyond. A new build with all mod-cons like launderette, caff, smoking areas and broadband thingy would be easiest. In the holidays most Unis let out halls of residence for budget and backpacker holidaymakers to maximise revenue. This idea will be good for the area and the City.

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    oldowl

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • It looks awfull !

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    Albert Cooper

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Have they taken leave of their senses it is a grotty place to live the building in no way should be allowed alongside and overwhelming the last few Georgian and Victorian houses of character in the area ( disappearing Norwich everyone) the bus station is rubbish and it will dawn on someone soon that it needs remodelling Some architect and developers ego trip is not needed on that site.

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    Daisy Roots

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • Good idea but looks like its made out of old boxes. Must be green!

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    Andy T

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • http:www.allsaintsgreenstudents.co.uk I really like the plans

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    Martin P

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • looks like heathgate and I'm sure that looked good in the late 60's or whenever it was built but not looking too good now

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    david106

    Wednesday, July 10, 2013

  • What a fine looking building this is. At last I see the benefit of making architects study for 7 years before they qualify. Perhaps they could tidy up our cathedrals once they're done. And Elm Hill

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    I ronnie

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • At least it'll be of some use then - the buses don't want to know - that' why St Stephens and Castle Meadow are choked! (with buses)

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

  • At least it'll be of some use then - the buses don't want to know - that' why St Stephens and Castle Meadow are choked! (with buses)

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    biglingers

    Tuesday, July 9, 2013

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