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Work Begins on £17m Derby Student Accommodation

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Construction work has begun on a £17 million student accommodation block in Agard Street, Derby.

The nine-storey, 244-bed student accommodation block is situated next to the existing copper-clad University of Derby law department on the corner of Ford Street and Agard Street.

Plans for the development were approved in November 2015 and developers Jenso Ltd have also secured planning permission for a stair connection to nearby Friar Gate Bridge, which will be developed into a community space.

Speaking at the planning meeting in 2015, Jensco development manager Nigel Bobroff said the new student development would sit harmoniously within the local context.

He added: "This carefully considered proposal has the support of your planning officers and responses to feedback received from extensive consultation with the conservation area advisory committee, Friends of Friar Gate Bridge and Historic England."

Mr Bobroff also argued the completion of the building in combination with the new stair to Friar Gate Bridge would act as a catalyst for the restoration of a heritage asset.

At the time six members of the planning control committee voted in favour and five voted against. Those who voted against included councillor Robin Wood, who argued the existing copper-clad building was "embarrassing" and the new development would make the site even worse.

Despite the objections, the plans were passed thanks to the votes of Labour councillors.