Student Accommodation Leads £200m Oxford Scheme

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Oxford City Council has earmarked the 'Oxpens' area to the south of the railway station, as a key development opportunity.

Student accommodation provider Student Castle has secured planning permission to build a 514-bed scheme on the western side of the site, bordering the railway line.

Although builders have yet to be appointed, work is schedule to commence in 2018, with the site operational in 2019.

The Oxpens site is predominantly owned by Oxford City Council and London & Continental Railways, with the remaining portion belonging to Royal Mail, Milton Properties, and Greensquare housing.

Designed by architects Francis-Jones Morehen Thorp, the student development will be split into three blocks and will include commercial, leisure and community facilities on the ground floor. Also, included in the plans is space for 290 bicycles.

The proposed development will result in the demolition of the Oxford Business Centre and the £33m student housing scheme will lead the wider £200m redevelopment of the area.

In addition to the student accommodation, the Oxpens scheme includes 300 or more houses and flats, shops, restaurants, a 155-bedroom hotel, offices and research development space, and flood mitigation measures.