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Monday 11 July 2011

Byron House: Another exciting regeneration project is underway!

Artist’s impression of what the new development could look like
Artist’s impression of what the new development could look like

The planning application for the redevelopment of Byron House has now been submitted to Nottingham City Council. The scheme, which is part of the University's ambitious estate regeneration programme, aims to create a landmark building in Shakespeare Street near its junction with Waverly Street.

Students' vision
The joint venture with UPP (Universities Partnerships Programme) is based on our students' vision for the new Byron House. It will provide facilities that will deliver a first-class student experience and will also stand as an iconic landmark at the northern gateway of the University's City site.

What is proposed
The proposed scheme provides 5,500 square metres of social, leisure and wellbeing facilities, plus living accommodation. Facilities will include a sports hall, entertainment area, fitness studio, shop, bars, social space - with a feature 20 ft climbing wall - and health centre. The sports hall will meet Sport England standards and the fitness studio will have approximately 100 stations.

The facility will also provide bespoke accommodation for the University's Students Union, making its facilities among the best equipped in the country, in addition to around 900 new student bedrooms.

Comment from the president of NTSU
Phil Docherty, president of NTSU, said the proposals had been well received by students.

"The students' union has carried out a lot of research with its membership to help us build a better understanding of what students expect, and want from their facilities. We were then given the opportunity to share our findings with the University, allowing us to have a direct influence over the design and purpose of the building."

Planning application
The planning application will be considered by the city council's development committee in August. Demolition could begin as early as next January and construction is due to finish in time for the new 2013 / 14 academic year.

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