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Student accommodation planned for Coventry business park

A scheme comprising hundreds of student accommodation has been proposed for land in a Coventry business park. The program, which is expected to create a number of jobs, involves the replacement of a soon to be vacant office building.

Gilltown has tabled proposals to redevelop the site of Progress House at Westwood Business Park.

Progress House, completed in the early 1990s, is a two-story office building organized around an outdoor atrium.

It is currently occupied by the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examinations Board, which are due to vacate the building at short notice. The structure would be demolished as part of the program.

Designed by GDL Architecture, the plans involve building a five- and six-story facility offering 544 rooms made up of 224 studios and 320 units in 58 clustered apartments.

Around 4,300 square feet of commercial and service space would also be provided, along with 22 car spaces and 200 secure bicycle spaces.

It is expected that ten jobs will be created upon completion, depending on the roles during the construction phase.

A statement from the applicant said: “The proposed development will provide a building and public realm of exceptional design quality which is befitting of the character of the building and the surrounding area.

“The proposals have been designed to reflect and respond to the surrounding context of the building and represent a high quality development which will provide attractive and purpose-built student accommodation to meet the needs of prospective students.”