New student accommodation to be built in Cardiff
Plans to demolish an office block in central Cardiff have been submitted to Cardiff Council, with developers planning to build a new seven-storey student accommodation block on the plot, providing living space for more than 300 students.
Under the plans, Windsor House, located on Windsor Lane, off Dumfries Place is expected to be demolished and replaced with student accommodation which will be split into 48 cluster flats, each cluster accommodating 3-6 students with shared kitchens. In total the student accommodation block will be able to house up to 321 students in 244 bedrooms, 75 studio apartments, and two one-bedroom flats.
The plans, which have been submitted to Cardiff Council by Savills on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council – the current owners of the property – also mention the construction a new gym, courtyard area and bicycle storage for up to 100 bikes.
Supplying Cardiff’s growing student population
While some may be sad to see the end of a building that’s been part of Cardiff’s skyline for 40 years, the demolition is important for the Welsh capital and its growing population. Cardiff’s student market is buoyant and its student population is one of the highest in the UK outside of London. The land on which Windsor House is currently situated is highly sought after due to its close proximity to the city and Cardiff’s numerous university campuses such as the Cardiff University and The University of South Wales. Savills has also suggested that building new student accommodation will help improve the area’s appearance while easing the pressure on house demands across the city.
Savills has stressed that it has worked closely with the current occupiers to come to an amicable agreement on how the building should be used and the real estate service provider will help them find suitable alternative office space across the city.
Paul Williams, associate director of Savills, said:
“The property has reached the end of its viable life as an office building given market demands for modern accommodation. Providing managed, purpose built student accommodation in the city centre also has the advantage of taking some of the strain from the traditional shared housing in the Roath and Cathays areas, freeing up existing housing for families”.
Modern student accommodation is increasingly popular in Cardiff, with many of the new student accommodation blocks being considered the ‘defining image of 21st Century Wales’ by builders, agents and property experts. If you’re looking for student accommodation for the next academic year, contact Capital Properties, we can help you find properties in all areas of Cardiff including Cathays & Roath, Cardiff Bay and the city centre.