Developer submits planning for purpose built student accommodation in Bristol

Newfoundland Rd PBSA web

UK property developer Godwin Developments has submitted a planning application for a 101-bed student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in central Bristol.

Located on Newfoundland Road, at the entrance point into the city, the proposed development features a mix of five, six, seven and nine-bedroom clusters with shared amenities and ten accessible studios in a building of seven storeys. The ground floor incorporates shared resident and management spaces fronting onto Newfoundland Road in addition to a private garden, bike storage and service areas to the rear of the scheme. Flexible office space of 84 sq. m. suitable for local businesses in the community has also been provided.

The gateway PBSA development, designed by Bristol-based The Bush Consultancy, is within walking and cycling distance of the city centre and both universities as well as Bristol Temple Meads train station. Residents will also benefit from access to excellent public transport links situated near the scheme.

The high-quality building has been created with sustainability at its core. It will have a BREEAM Excellent rating, with features such as air source heat pumps, solar panels, rainwater harvesting, passive design, and a connection to the District Heat Network. In line with Bristol’s net zero aspirations, it will be car-free, and deliver a 47% reduction in carbon emissions compared to similar developments and over 50% of biodiversity net gain.

Social impact will be delivered through the creation of 12 local jobs when fully operational and a range of employment, learning and training opportunities during construction. In total, the scheme will create over £67m of economic benefit for Bristol and the surrounding areas.

Matt Chandler, Managing Director at Godwin Developments, said: “Bristol suffers from a chronic undersupply of student accommodation. Our proposals will help to alleviate the shortfall of PBSA in the city through an attractive building that benefits from close proximity to the city centre and has good transport connections to the surrounding areas of Bristol, including the universities.

“This highly sustainable scheme not only addresses Bristol’s net zero aspirations but will also reduce energy costs in operation and ensure future residents will be able to benefit from cheaper bills.”

The professional team working alongside Godwin on this application included planning consultants Rapleys, project managers Provelio and engineering practice Craddy’s.

For further information on this scheme please get in touch at [email protected]