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NUA Reveal Plans for New Accommodation

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Locals are being offered the chance to review plans for a new Norwich University of the Arts (NUA) development.

The university is looking to demolish existing accommodation in Mary Chapman Court, off Duke Street, replacing it with brand new purpose-built student accommodation.

In addition to hundreds of new beds, the development will also feature a new lecture theatre and cafe, with improved public access to the site.

A full planning application is due to be lodged later this year and Hudson Architects are eager to get feedback ahead of that submission.

Anthony Hudson, director of Hudson Architects, said it would be the latest investment by NUA in the city centre, but said: "This is going to be the first new building NUA will personally put up and it is really exciting."

"There will be a lecture theatre for at least 300 people. The lecture theatre at NUA's building further down Duke Street is just not big enough and doesn't have the facilities."

The site was once the home of an iron foundry and the architects are exploring incorporating some ironworks into the design, in recognition of the former use.

If the application is successful it is hoped the building will be complete in time for the 2020-21 academic year.