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Coventry student accommodation tower gains planning permission

Coventry student accommodation tower gains planning permission

A major new student accommodation tower project has been given the green light by Coventry City Council. 

Crosslane Student Developments has been given permission for a 583-room tower close to the ring road in the city centre, at the junctions of Friar’s Road and St Patrick’s Road. It is a short walk northwards from there to the main campus of Coventry University, while the city's main railway station is nearby to the south. 

The 19-storey tower will be a significant landmark in a city which has several fairly high-rise buildings but no genuine skyscrapers on a skyline dominated by three spires, not least the historic war-damaged cathedral. 

For students, it will mean plenty of conveniently located accommodation, with the tower including 140 studio apartments and 443 en-suite cluster flats. There will also be a gym, study room, cinema and kitchen and dining room. 

The project is one of several Crosslane is planning around the country, having gained permission for a 117-unit development in Leeds last week. Another project is a 165-room development planned in Portsmouth. This, however, is the firm's first project in Coventry.

Development manager at the company Mike Moran said the scheme should open in time for the start of the 2019-20 academic year. 

He remarked: "The proposed scheme will act as a gateway from the station into the heart of the city centre and is a short walk to Coventry University. At 583 beds, the scheme will be a significant contribution to easing the supply/demand fundamentals which persist for purpose-built student accommodation in the city."

Coventry University is one of the fastest-growing higher education institutions in the UK. Located mainly in the city centre, it is one of two universities in Coventry. The other, Warwick University, is based on a self-contained campus that, despite its slightly misleading name, is entirely within Coventry's boundaries on the south-western outskirts of the city.

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