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Watkin Jones Receive the Green Light in Birmingham

Posted by Richard Ward

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Watkin Jones has received planning permission to build a new purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme in Selly Oak, Birmingham.

Designed by Glenn Howells Architects, the development will contain 523 student beds, including 388 cluster flats and 135 studios. The site has been designed to be highly sustainable, meeting BREEAM 'Excellent'. The developers also noted that the conversion of the site from an industrial unit to a car-free residential scheme will reduce vehicle traffic from the site by 96%. Residents will be encouraged to walk or cycle to the University of Birmingham.

The development's central square and canal side outdoor areas will provide residents with space to relax.

According to Watkin Jones, the new scheme will reduce pressure on local housing, boost local business and transform the canal side for everyone to enjoy, creating long-term value for the local community.