Planning permission has been granted for the new 915 bed Blackdale student residence development at the University of East Anglia on the former Blackdale School site in Norwich. The residences are urgently required to support a measure of growth in student numbers, to relax restrictions on the number who are currently able to live in residences and thus to maintain the University’s identity as a campus university, with an expected increase of 6.7% over the next four years.
The design is based on the design principles developed for Crome Court, the student residence building also designed by LSI and completed in September 2014. Like Crome Court the Blackdale Development will act as a significant catalyst for economic activity for the area that will provide hundreds of jobs over the next few years and a new income stream for the UEA that will help support ground breaking research and teaching facilities at the University.
The development will also include a café, launderette and office space, with the accommodation blocks ranging from three to eight storeys high.
Partner Trevor Price said “The Blackdale project provides an attractive new residential quarter for the University which follows a pattern of development that relates to the original campus buildings and also to the local environment. It will achieve very high standards of sustainability, and we now look forward to the completion of the project”.
Simeon Jackson, Green city councillor for Mancroft, said: “I would like to commend the effort that has gone into this application. A lot of thought has gone into every aspect of it. I am genuinely very impressed with it.”
Martin Lovatt, Senior Estates Project Manager at the University, said “This new scheme will continue the theme of the University providing excellent facilities for its students and enhancing their experience.”