An application has been submitted to Sheffield Council to build a 550-bed student accommodation scheme on a vacant site in Rockingham Street.
The development would consist of three linked blocks, with a mix of cluster bedrooms, studios and one bed apartments.
The student complex would fill a gap in Rockingham Street in an area that has become dominated by student housing. However, the proposed development has raised some concerns. In particular the University of Sheffield is worried that the commercial units planned for the ground floor would not be suitable, due to their close proximity to university department buildings.
The Watkins Jones Group shifted its focus on university accommodation in 1999, and since then has built flats to accommodate more than 35,000 students across the country.
The company already manages 41 student properties, including a number in Sheffield, such as the Cornerhouse complex in Edward Street and Sharman Court in Broad Lane. An additional student accommodation development of 139 studios is also due to open on Suffolk Street next year.
According to Watkins Jones, the firm works closely with councils and universities to "ensure high-quality, appropriately designed schemes that enhance local amenity."
Developers are increasingly looking to add more to the city than student housing, a trend that is highlighted by a 784-bed scheme planned near Ecclesall Road. Along with student accommodation, developers will create a new pedestrian walkway linking Napier Street to Summerfield Street along the banks of the Porter Brook.
Council officers welcomed the plan suggesting it will improve pedestrian permeability along the strategic green network.