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225-bed Scheme to Replace Old Police Offices

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Watkins Jones has submitted plans to demolish Northumbria Police's former Newcastle city centre offices and replace it with a 225-bed student accommodation block.

The building which is situated on Market Street has been unoccupied for more than a year. The plans involve replacing the current building with a nine-storey block, with two levels sitting below ground.

The most recent plans represent a scaled down version of a previous submission that had proposed 275 bed spaces spread over 10 storeys.

The reduced development will consist of 48 studios, 177 cluster areas and 27 cluster flats.

According to a statement released by Hodder + Partners there remains "pockets of dereliction and empty units persist, including Market Street, which is in great need of investment and regeneration".

Watkins Jones Group approached Hodder + Partners to redevelop the site as they look to meet the strong demand for student accommodation.

The proposals have been designed to deliver high quality purpose built student accommodation that will be close to the city centre and vital transport links.