Extra Student Flats planned for Islington

Further development of more than 700 student flats have been proposed for Liverpool’s Knowledge Quarter. According to the scheme’s architect, this development would be a “piece in the wider Islington area regeneration jigsaw.”

The proposals will transform the car park site at the junction of Islington and Norton Street with the creation of three blocks of student accommodation between seven and 14 storeys tall.

This development, located near to the LJMU Tower, would provide 640 cluster flats and 98 studio for a total of 738 student bedspaces.

A lounge, laundry, and gym would be included, along with cycle parking and a small retail unit on the ground floor.

The project, designed by KKA Architecture, has been lodged with Liverpool City Council by the Islington Regeneration Company, led by Downing.

Planning documents from KKA Architecture said that the scheme said that the scheme would provide:

“[a] re-evaluation of an underused site [which is] a piece in the wider Islington area regeneration jigsaw.”

It is also an opportunity to develop:

“[a] key perimeter corner site to reinforce the western edge of the Islington Quarter”.

“The project is a considerable investment in the city and will provide a much needed re-population and increased footfall to an area that has been degenerating in recent decades. New use and re-population will benefit the prosperity of the adjacent community and businesses.”

AJP will serve as the structural engineer, Abacus as the services engineer, and JMP will provide transport consultation for the project.


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Words: Peter Cribley

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