27th April 2015
Caradog House in Cardiff consented for student accommodation conversion
Alder King has successfully secured a resolution to grant planning permission for the change of use and extension of Caradog House in Cathays Park, Cardiff from office use to 378 student beds and communal facilities. The application was submitted on behalf of Crown Student Living.
The Alder King team worked closely with architects AWW and the wider design team to ensure the scheme was supported at officer level and all issues were addressed.
A pre-application process started in the last quarter of 2014 and resulted in an amendment to the original proposed height and mass and some design changes. The application process resulted in further minor changes to address detailed comments received during the process.
The accommodation will provide a mix of studios and twodios over seven storeys with a lower rear section of three storeys. The appearance of the current red brick building in the conservation area will be significantly enhanced through recladding using more appropriate materials which will benefit immediate views and more distant important views.
Alder King partner Alan Pearce commented: “The proposals will bring a mostly vacant building back into use and deliver superb purpose-built student accommodation which directly relieves pressure on residential streets from HMOs.
Furthermore the architectural solution will improve the appearance of the conservation area.
“We are very pleased with the result for our client and it was encouraging to listen to the supportive, positive discussion by Councillors at Committee about the need for student accommodation in Cardiff and enhancements proposed as part of the scheme.”
Alan Pulver of Crown Student Living said: “This development will be one of the best student accommodation buildings in the UK combining well-equipped units and first rate communal facilities at affordable prices. We have a strong track record of ‘raising the bar’ for high quality accommodation that and this is what we intend to deliver with this development.”