Plans in for new student accommodation in Derby's Agard Street

Simon Foote Architects has submitted plans for one more new student accommodation building on Agard Street.

A team of local businesses including SF Architects, DLP Consulting (planning) and Locus Consulting (heritage) have pooled their skills to have forward the plans.

The proposed development responds to the concerns raised by both local council planners and Historic England, with Simon Foote Architects undertaking a wholesale redesign connected with an earlier scheme.

The building may be the latest proposed residential scheme for Agard St, following others say for example a 156-bed student scheme and 77-apartment residential scheme, as both versions were submitted late during the past year. Decisions are required on those who are in next months.

The new building, which may have 173 studio apartments and could be specifically directed at students, is sited of what is known because city’s “University Quarter”.

Agard Street has already been house to numerous student accommodation. Trapped on tape, work started on resulting in a nine-storey, 244-bed student accommodation block next to the existing copper-clad University of Derby law department over the corner of Ford Street and Agard Street.

The latest application would be built at what is known 18 Agard Street. The proposals would involve demolishing a preexisting vacant building on the spot, that has been formerly the Derby Optical Factory Shop.

Simon Foote said: “The outcome is a signature development for Derby, one that adds to the profile on the Agard Street gateway and results in a substantially needed regeneration of your city centre.”

It is hoped that approval for your scheme might be granted later in, well before construction.


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