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Plans for 967 student rooms with leisure facilities and 500 seat public food hall on site of Central Fire Station Nottingham

Vita is bringing forward plans for a mixed use development in place of the former Central Fire and Police Stations on Shakespeare Street.

Plans are expected to be submitted this month.

The proposals will ‘reactivate a prominent and currently disused site in the city centre’, with 967 high quality student rooms, gym facilities, a dance studio, games and cinema areas for students, as well as a double-height, two-level, publicly accessible Market Food Hall on the corner of Shakespeare Street and north Church Street, with space for around 500 diners.

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The former station

The scheme is being designed sensitively and sustainably to sit appropriately alongside listed buildings and the Arboretum Conservation Area.

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The scheme benefits from wide, pedestrian friendly pavements, with extensive new tree planting adding significant biodiversity and amenity interest to the street scene.

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Vita will be offering two types of student accommodation Vita Student – self-contained studio apartments – and House of Social – predominantly 4 & 6 bed sharing apartments designed to keep students in the city centre and free up family homes in other parts of the city.

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Documents supporting the proposals state:

‘Vita Student – the world’s best student living experience. It offers student accommodation with big self-contained studio apartments including double beds, and private kitchens big enough to serve meals for new friends.

‘Vita Student marries the world class amenities such as co-study suites, gyms and private dining rooms with outstanding resident focussed services supporting wellbeing, community, and future careers.

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‘Students will find everything they need to Begin Big at Vita Student – student accommodation they’ll enjoy for the rest of your life.’

VITA Student

The proposals state:

‘House of Social provides unrivalled access to university campuses and the city, with design-led shared apartments which encourage collaboration, independence, and productivity.

‘An escape from convention and a place for independent minds to belong, House of Social brings together the elements of city living residents love and adore such as food halls which bring communities together and provide a change of scene to inspire the mind.’

There is a public consultation on the plans here 

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