New student block could be one of Nottingham’s tallest buildings

Plans for a block of student flats which could become one of Nottingham’s tallest buildings look set to be approved by councillors.

The 12-storey building, called The Vantage, could be built near the Vat and Fiddle pub on Waterway Street West.

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Original plans for the building were even taller, but the top of the building has now been reduced slightly after concerns were raised by the planning committee.

The height of the tower – the tallest part of the building – has been scaled back in height, while the larger block at the foot of the tower has been reduced by a storey.

The revised design will now come before Nottingham City Council’s planning committee again next week, where it is expected to be approved.

If it goes ahead, it will rival the Jury’s Inn building as one of the tallest in the southern part of the city.

It will contain 118 student apartments, housing 462 bedrooms, organised into a range of 49 cluster and 69 studio apartments.

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There could also be a small shop or cafe on the ground floor, while the top storey will feature a ‘sky lounge’ with views of the Castle to the north and The Meadows to the south.

City planners have recommended that the new plans be approved at the meeting on Wednesday, September 19.

The scheme was also recommended for approval back in July, but councillors on the committee raised concerns about the total height, and the front entrance to the building.

Ed Fisher is the managing director of Future Generation, a specialist student housing firm which is behind the application.

He said: “Myself and the rest of the team here at Future Generation are delighted to be back at planning committee next Wednesday, having been deferred by members earlier in the summer to work further on our design.

“It’s been fantastic engaging with the planning department and local community over the last 18 months, their ongoing support and close collaboration with our architects Axis has been greatly appreciated.

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“Nottingham boasts two amazing universities, both ranked in the UK top 20, which is highly appealing to a long-term investor and operator of student accommodation such as ourselves.

“Subject to a positive decision next week we look forward to making our contribution to the city’s Southside Regeneration Zone, delivering a high quality new building ready for the 2020 academic year.”