September 27, 2021

Newyddion Cymru Ar-Lein : Wales News Online

Newyddion Lleol a Chenedlaethol Cymru – Local and National News for Wales

A LARGE office building in Swansea will become student accommodation after all, six years after planning permission was first granted.
The distinctive Sun Alliance House, on St Helen’s Road, looked on course to become 78 student studios in 2016 after Swansea Council’s planning committee gave the green light to Hedlunds Property Ltd to transform the building.
But the studios didn’t materialise. The office block’s owners were told at one point in 2017 that they must clear up rubbish which had accumulated outside.
The scheme is back on track after a company called Urban Centric Ltd, which now owns the building, was given approval this month to make some changes to the original scheme.
It wants to start work in September and complete the 78 units in summer 2022.
The approved changes, according to Urban Centric, should improve the development.
The ground floor footprint will increase, but the scheme’s footprint overall will be lower while delivering the same number of studios.
A cinema room and student lounges will also be created, and extra bin provision provided compared to the previous scheme.
A design and access statement on behalf of Urban Centric said: “The physical appearance of the building will therefore remain largely unaltered from that approved and the relationship with neighbouring properties unchanged, and there would be no additional impact on neighbour heritage assets in terms of listed buildings.”

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