800 new student flats planned by Plymouth University
Plymouth University plans to create an additional 800 student bedrooms on campus to be available from September 2014.
The university said these new facilities will meet a significant shortfall in demand for approved, allocated accommodation for first year students and will also serve to free up much-needed city housing stock for the private market.
Vice-Chancellor and Chief Executive, Professor Wendy Purcell, said: “A recent national student satisfaction survey showed that on campus student accommodation was one of the key factors in choosing a university. We enjoyed excellent recruitment figures this year, however of those who wanted to join us but were unable to do so, the key reason was because we could not guarantee accommodation.
“Our students contribute nearly £100 million to the Plymouth economy each year, a figure which will continue to grow under these proposals to sustain our healthy recruitment statistics. Furthermore, we will continue to invest to support the student experience and ensure that we maintain a contemporary and fit-for-purpose estate with inspirational surroundings for our students, staff and local communities."
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The plans will see the creation of a new ‘Western Gateway’, further integrating the campus with the city. This will be achieved through the refurbishment of all current university accommodation, comprising houses mainly used as offices, and the redevelopment of Pitts Memorial Hall and Gibbon Street. New building is planned for the corner of John Street.
The proposals will go before the Plymouth City Council Planning Committee next month following a consultation with staff, students, residents, partners and other stakeholders.