City of Nottingham’s iconic offices to become 140-bed student accommodation

There are plans to change the use of the 2nd to 9th floors of the Pearl Building in Nottingham.

The recognizable building stands on Wheeler Gate and Friar Lane overlooking Old Market Square in Nottingham city centre.

The building was built in 1962.

Plans have been submitted to Nottingham City Council to convert the existing office block (2nd to 9th floors) and upper ground floor car park into student accommodation.

The program will provide a total of 140 rooms.

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The Design and Access Statement prepared by Maber Architects is to support a full planning application for a student accommodation scheme at Pearl House, Friar Lane, Nottingham.

There will be no changes to retail units located on the ground floor.

According to the D&A statement, first floor planning approval for the change of use from offices to 15 residential apartments was granted in November 2017.

This scheme has been implemented.

In March 2017, planning approval was granted for the conversion of the 2nd to 9th floors into residential apartments.

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Student-associated amenity space will include social spaces, quiet study areas, a cinema, gym, and laundry facilities.

The program will provide 64 bicycle spaces in secure bicycle storage.

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