After standing empty for 10 years an historic hospital in Coventry is going to be turned into student flats now that planning permission has been granted.
The site of the Coventry and Warwickshire Hospital is currently being used (in part) as a car park. Now, however, permission has been given to Student City Inns Ltd to refurbish some of the existing buildings and build a new five storey block in order to house 291 student bedspaces.
A public consultation was launched in January and lasted three weeks in order for the developers and planners to get a better idea of the public response to the plans. Many have reacted positively to the refurbishment plans but views have been mixed about the five-storey extension.
A representative for Marchini Curran Associates offered this comment on the plans back in December:
Â“The proposals are for new student accommodation that will provide an effective and sustainable reuse of two existing listed buildings and the opportunity to develop associated contextual modern buildings at a key location in the city. The new buildings are designed in a contemporary style using modern materials that represent the forward-thinking nature of the dealership, that along with the well considered landscaping proposals will create a welcoming scheme in a key location in the city. The scheme brings two currently vacant listed buildings back into use, which will prevent further decay and offers the opportunity for careful repair and adaptation of the buildings for the future.Â”