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Changing face of Friargate: Hundreds of new student flats and new shops plan for city street

Posted on - 18th March, 2013 - 11:00am | Author - | Posted in - News, Redevelopment
The artists impression shows the student halls and potential retail units superimposed on to Friargate

The artists impression shows the student halls and potential retail units superimposed on to Friargate

This is how the corner of Friargate and Great Shaw Street could look if a new block of student flats gets the go ahead.

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Portergate Properties have put forward plans to convert two retail units and a swathe of abandoned land on Great Shaw Street into the Friargate Court development.

Up to 261 student rooms would be created and two large retail units would sit in the base of the appartment complex, one of which is mocked up as being a supermarket in the plans.

The current view of the site on Great Shaw Street

The current view of the site on Great Shaw Street

Proposals drawn up by architects show the building would be in a pavillion scale and be of similar height and scale to existing buildings on Friargate.

Derelict land that used to be the home of VIP cabs will form the majority of the new halls – and the Lancashire Evening Post reported Popadom Palace takeaway and the former Ozone body piercing shop, Retrorags and other old retail units have been bought up by Portergate in preparation for the development.

View down Great Shaw Street showing artists impression of Friargate Court

View down Great Shaw Street showing artists impression of Friargate Court

The plans have been submitted to the council and can be viewed on the council website.

Anyone wishing to make comments on the application should do so on the council website or email [email protected] quoting reference number 06/2013/0131.

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