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464 Student Beds Planned for Cardiff

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A series of four interconnected blocks of student accommodation have been proposed on the junction of Newport Road and Fitzalan Place in Cardiff.

The four towers range between 11 and 32 storeys tall and have been earmarked at a site next to the Mercure Cardiff Holland House Hotel.

In total, the development will consist of 464 student bedrooms.

Under the plans the five-storey Hallianans House will be demolished to make way for the new blocks, which will be a clad in a mix of lead, copper, graphite and zinc.

According to developers, the plans will "provide a landmark building of stand out quality and provide a distinctive and positive addition to the city's skyline."

Planning documents also indicate the blocks have been deliberately designed to be of varying heights in order to create a more elegant profile on the Cardiff skyline.

The designs also include space for a gym, study area, private dining room and a coffee shop on the ground floor.

After an initial consultation, the original plans were reduced in scale, bringing down the total number of beds from 550 to 464. A new outside public area was also added to the plans.

A report submitted to Cardiff planners indicates that existing tenants, which includes Howell Solicitors, will move elsewhere as the refurbishment of the current building was un-viable.