Scheme for £52m student ‘village’

Manor Mill student village
Manor Mill student village

PLANS for a £52m ‘village’ accommodating 880 students have been drawn up for land off Ecclesall Road.

Councillors are being asked to approve a scheme to redevelop a site formerly occupied by the Gordon Lamb car dealership at the corner of Summerfield Street and Napier Street.

Despite hundreds of student flats being built in Sheffield in recent years, developers say there is still a demand for top quality accommodation in the right location.

Manor Mill is designed as a complex of five blocks between five and ten storeys with three café bars and restaurants at ground level, and is intended to offer “upmarket” homes for students of both the University of Sheffield and Hallam University.

The application comes from East Yorkshire based Manor Property Group, one of the largest independent developers of student accommodation in the country, after two years of preliminary talks with the council.

It says the project will create 130 full-time jobs and 300 during construction.

Spokesman Robert Lane said: “There is significant demand in Sheffield for high quality, contemporary and conveniently located student accommodation, particularly in the much-needed Ecclesall Road area. Currently students are often restricted to traditional residential areas and terraced properties.

“We know students expect separate en-suite study bedrooms with excellent facilities. They also want to live as part of a friendship group alongside other students, and so in Manor Mill individual student bedrooms are clustered together in groups of five, six or seven, with each group sharing a communal dining kitchen and living facility.”

In assessing the scheme, the council will examine issues such as the scale of the development and the impact on nearby residents and the Porter Brook conservation area.

The authority is being told that the development would extend the regeneration stemming from the conversion of the former Wards Brewery, creating a “vibrant” new quarter and offering secure, modern student accommodation that would mean more traditional housing could go back on the market.

Landscape improvements are planned to highlight the Porter Brook.

The cafe bars are described as offering “an excellent alternative to the existing bars and restaurants that directly front the congested Ecclesall Road”.

Alan Soper, of Shipley-based architects Robinsons, said: “Manor Mill will lTurn to page 3