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Planning consent granted for Birmingham student accommodation and build-to-rent development

Birmingham City Council has granted a resolution to approve a full planning permission to McLaren Property and Aventicum Real Estate for the development of Queen’s Hospital Close, Birmingham.  

The plans will bring forward two restored Listed buildings, alongside purpose-built student accommodation and build-to-rent apartments, to deliver 759 bed spaces and 189 units respectively, set within a landscaped canal side site in central Birmingham.  

Charles Frost, Senior Development Manager at McLaren Property, said: “We are thrilled to be able to progress our plans to bring new life to the Queen’s Hospital Close site and restore the original listed buildings, as well as deliver much needed student accommodation and new homes to the City of Birmingham.”

At the heart of the scheme the West Listed building will be refurbished and brought back to life to house commercial and amenity facilities for students and the wider community. The East Listed building will be refurbished to contain 52 studio apartments, while the new PBSA buildings will have 707 study bedrooms in 31 storeys.  

Set back from the student accommodation and located alongside the canal will be the new seven and 10 storey build-to-rent apartment blocks.

Jan Dijkstra, Senior Director at Aventicum Real Estate, said: “Our commitment to the redevelopment of Queen’s Hospital Close reflects our long-term conviction in the European living sector and in particular Birmingham as one of the UK’s most dynamic cities. Partnering with McLaren Property enables us to further expand this strategy and deliver a high quality development with strong ESG credentials to the benefit of the local community.”

The redevelopment will include extensive amenities, including a gym and commercial unit, with social well-being and the creation of community central to the scheme.  

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