Despite reports suggesting that Lancaster’s student population could be decimated by the soaring cost of tuition fees, there is no shortage of developers looking to build new accommodation in the city.
Plans have been submitted to the city council for student housing at the former Antony’s Bistro in King Street, and the former Phoenix Working Men’s Club in Phoenix Street.
Isle of Man-based developer Ward Ltd wants to convert the cafe premises and offices in Kings Arcade, which closed in February, into accommmodation for 12 students.
Lancaster University’s LUSU Living manager Matthew Ward (who has no connection with Ward Ltd) said the university was “very supportive” of the application.
The project is a joint initiative between the property owners and LUSU Living, who would act as the property manager.
“Lancaster University is currently experiencing a shortage of available good quality accommodation in the city for 2011/12, and as such we are working closely with the property owners and their contractors in the expectation that this project may be ready for occupation ahead of this coming academic year,” Mr Ward said.
“LUSU Living believe the accommodation will be an enhancement to our existing housing stock, and will be very popular with prospective student tenants, given the quality of the accommodation and its location.”
See the Lancaster Guardian (02-06-11) for full story.