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Planning Consent Achieved for Student Housing with Conversion of the Grade II Listed Victorian Gothic Building


Planning and listed building consent has been achieved for the redevelopment of this imposing Grade II listed Victorian gothic former orphanage to provide modern, desirable, purpose designed accommodation ideally located for Worcester’s burgeoning student population.

The proposals involve the creation of 87 en-suite bedrooms within the existing building arranged in a variety of sized cluster flats plus a number of independent studio flats. Additionally residents will be able to make use of common facilities including a gym, cinema room and communal lounge with dedicated group-study areas.

Alongside the refurbishment of the original buildings, a new block is proposed that will provide a further 62 bedrooms, helping to create a vibrant community and ensure the initial commercial and long term social viability of the scheme.

The architectural language and materials of the new building are intended to be harmonious with the historic buildings while being clearly distinct.  We expect this to continue to evolve through liaison with the council’s Conservation Officer to deliver a scheme which secures the future of the buildings for generations to come.

The existing building was originally built as the Royal Albert Orphan Asylum and is presently home to the YMCA, who after nearly 50 years plan to move to new premises which will be better suited to their current needs, facilitated by the sale of this site.  A 2020 completion is being targeted to allow plenty of time for a smooth transition of the YMCA between premises ensuring no loss of service provision. We are excited about helping to repurpose this historic building to conserve it for the future.









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