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684-Bed Accommodation Coming to Norwich

Posted by Aisling Murphy

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St Crispin's House on Duke Street, an abandoned '70s office building, has been approved for conversion into a 684-bed PBSA.

The contract for the construction has been awarded to McAleer and Rushe. The Norwich project will be the company's fifth contract with client Global Student Accommodation.

The work will involve adding additional floors to the current structure, converting it into a 7-storey building, as well as adding a 5-storey extension to the rear.

Accommodation will be split between single studios, double studios, and cluster flats. All rooms will include en-suite bathrooms.

As well as student rooms, the building will have facilities including a landscaped courtyard, a gym, study spaces and a multi-purpose event room. There will also be bike parking and EV charging points available.

The application for the conversion states that "The percentage of students [69.1%] that are unable to access PBSA in Norwich is far higher than at other significant UK University cities which is a strong indication that there is high demand for further PBSA development. "

The building is expected to meet an increasing need for student accommodation throughout the city of Norwich.

Construction is expected to be completed in Summer 2023.