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Work Begins on Shrewsbury Student Housing

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Work is due to begin on the construction of a new student accommodation scheme in St Austin's Street Shrewsbury.

Shropshire Council announced this week the Tanney car park in St Austin's Street will close on Sunday as work begins on creating the next phase of the town's student housing.

Plans for the student accommodation were approved last year and will result in the former study centre situated on the site being demolished to make way for the scheme.

The building will be delivered in phases and Shropshire Council, who currently own the site, will take lead in the development with its construction partner Morris Property.

The new site will sit alongside the existing student housing at Mardol House in Shrewsbury town centre and will be occupied by University Centre Shrewsbury students.

Commenting on the development, Tim Smith, head of business, enterprise and commercial services at Shropshire Council, said: "This new accommodation will support the redevelopment of the west end of Shrewsbury town centre and will be a significant improvement for the area."

Once all phases of the development are complete the site will be able to house over 200 students.

The plans were originally scheduled for completion in time for the 2016/17 academic year, but were subsequently pushed back while the council and University Centre Shrewsbury assessed the expected demand for bed spaces.