The latest large-scale student accommodation development has been tabled for Moor Lane.Advertisement
Sizer House near the university campus is set to be demolished to make way for a 425-bedroom block of flats, with room for 436 students.
David Cox Architects have tabled the proposals on behalf of Manchester-based Pillars Sizer Ltd, close to the University of Central Lancashire’s Preston campus.
Set over four to fix floors the flats would include a gum, prayer room, two roof terraces and a library.
Two shops or cafe spaces would be included in the ground floor facing into Moor Lane.
Sizer House is currently used by the university as office space but is due to be vacated in the coming months.
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The architects plans show how they want to incorporate Preston’s heritage and history into the design – with a statue for R2:D2 in memory of actor Kenny Baker within the courtyard and interior designs to reference the Bash Street Kids created by Preston cartoonist Leo Baxendale.
Moor Lane already has substantial student accommodation with IQ Preston and Sanctuary Moor Lane Halls on the opposite side of the road.
Last year the city council gave the go-ahead to Innovation House – a major development just to the south of Innovation House.
And Canterbury Halls, near The Unicorn pub, is due to be complete by August this year.
David Cox Architects say the university’s continued growth – as it redevelops the Preston campus – means there is an requirement for more accommodation.
They state: “The implementation of the development will benefit the university and the city as a whole.
“The university has been consulted on these proposals both from the point of view of the amount of accommodation and the integration of the scheme into their masterplan.”
Watch the fly through of our latest scheme now submitted to @prestoncouncil for @pillarsbuilds “Sizer House – Architectural Flythrough” on #Vimeo https://t.co/SrkbjlUvkk @blogpreston
— David Cox (@davidcoxarch) January 23, 2018
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The full proposals can be seen on the Preston City Council website and comments can be left there.
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