First image of huge new 436-room student village in Coventry

An image has been released which gives the best glimpse yet of what a huge £23m student village in Earlsdon will look like.

The image was released as it was revealed that construction firm Galliford Try has been awarded the contract to build the Albany Road facility on the site of the former Spencer Sports And Social Club.

The 436-room development, for Meriden-based developer Cassidy Group, marks the third student accommodation project delivered in Coventry by Galliford Try’s Building East Midlands business.

The scheme will see 55 student clusters and 55 self-contained student apartments in buildings ranging up to six storeys, and will provide purpose-built, managed student accommodation for students at both the University of Warwick and Coventry University.

External landscaping will include a new community space that will provide a facility for local residents.

The developers say the layout and design of the scheme reflects the local setting, including the locally-listed pub – the New Albany.

They also say that as well as assisting with the regeneration of the local area, it is hoped the new accommodation will lessen the impact of students occupying local family housing.

Planning permission for the scheme was granted in April 2020.

Originally, Cassidy Group’s plans for the site was for the construction of 570 student bedrooms – though this was reduced after receiving five petitions and 171 objections to the initial proposal.

The maximum height on the proposed development was also dropped from eight storeys to six, and security measures were added for nearby residents.

Jon Marston, managing director for Galliford Try Building East Midlands, said: “We have an excellent track record in delivering high-quality student accommodation around the country but particularly in Coventry.

“We look forward to working with the Cassidy Group to add to this portfolio and create a fantastic new facility for students and local residents alike.”

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