Our client Conygar Investment Company PLC has unveiled plans for the latest stage of The Island Quarter development in Nottingham, featuring accommodation designs by Axis for the city’s growing student population.
The latest phase of the masterplan, which is set to be available from 2023, will combine a range of accommodation types, including studios and cluster living. Amenities will include high-level sky lounges offering projected views across the city and a pavilion overlooking a multi-use private courtyard that will provide opportunities for working, socialising, dining and exercising.
Placemaking for sustainable student living
Axis has been heavily involved in the scheme from the beginning, being responsible for all town planning, external works design and transportation planning services. We’ve also developed placemaking and landscaping content for the wider masterplan.
Jon Mason, Landscape Technical Director at Axis, said: “Placemaking has been central to Axis’ work on this phase of the development. We’re extremely proud our work is supporting the local economy and universities by providing an exemplary standard of residential living to students.”
Director David Jones added: “It’s great to see this significant development reach another milestone. This high-end student accommodation and supporting amenities will provide young people with a fantastic environment to support their education, health and their wellbeing.”
Exciting, intergenerational places and spaces
Christopher Ware, Property Director at Conygar, said that the plans were “an exciting step” for The Island Quarter development.
“Nottingham has a fantastic reputation as a university city and the growth of the student population over the last few years reflects that. Purpose-built student accommodation means more choice for students and less pressure on them to live in traditional houses in residential areas of the city.”
He continued: “Our aim for The Island Quarter is true intergenerational living, with housing and accommodation that works for all. One of the biggest impacts of the pandemic has been that people of all ages are reassessing their relationship with where they live, and we want to create places and spaces where people can live, work and thrive.”
The Island Quarter masterplan, which received outline planning approval in April 2019, has been designed with a full lifecycle of uses, including hotels and hospitality, office space and community living, with a focus on green spaces and access routes for pedestrians and cyclists.