Builders on site at the lot on Lower Parliament.

A new 354-bed student accommodation building on Lower Parliament Street in Nottingham is starting to take shape since the project began in November 2021.

Under the plans for the build that were submitted to Nottingham City Council, the student housing will compromise of two blocks of flats and a 48-space public car park.

In an online-statement, the Nottingham Trent University accommodation team said that new developments of this kind are vital in housing the city’s ever-growing student population and that new and affordable living space for students is needed as the number of young people choosing to go to university continues to grow.

Plans for the flats, submitted by Watkin Jones, DLP Consulting Group

Nottingham is already home to over 10,500 student-only houses or flats, giving it the second highest proportion of student housing in the country.

Olivia Wilson, a former NTU student, wishes that new accommodation had been built sooner as she was forced to commute from Derby in her final year of study, as the number of students outweighed the amount of available housing.

Audio: Olivia Wilson speaking about not being able to secure university accommodation.

“The only accommodation left available was just not affordable.”

Olivia Wilson, Former NTU Student

Olivia told CBJ News that a-lot of the student housing had already become fully booked before the end of her second year first term and that “the only accommodation left available was just not affordable.”

The site was formerly owned by the City Council before it was sold on for redevelopment and earmarked to be turned into student accommodation.

The developers, Watkin Jones have ensured that both the new blocks have been carefully designed with future-focused environmental sustainability features.

It is still currently unclear as to when the project will be finished, but it is believed that it will not be before the end of 2022.