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300-bed Student Block Planned for Swansea Marina

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A hotel development that never materialised is being turned into student housing at the former Spontex development site in Swansea Marina.

The student accommodation block would be able to house around 287 students and will come equipped with facilities such as a gym and games lounge.

Seven years ago, plans were approved for a Hilton Hotel at the site, but the development has remained vacant since.

The planning application submitted as part of the proposals suggested that the regeneration of a brownfield site with proximity to the city centre, should generate significant interest and that there remained strong rental demand from students wanting to live in purpose built student accommodation.

On the ground floor there will be a range of shops as well as a cafe and possibly a restaurant or wine bar, which will face onto Atlantic Square.

There has been an influx in student accommodation developments to accommodate the two growing universities located in the city.

Other developments include proposals to convert the Oldway Centre, High Street, into student flats for 556 people, whilst planning permission was granted last month to a develop a £50m scheme that will accommodate 725 students.

Next year it's estimated that around 2,000 students will be living on Swansea University's Bay Campus, just off Fabian Way.