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Criticism forces redesign of high-rise student apartment block planned for Derby

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Plans for another student apartment block in Derby have been redrawn after a previous scheme attracted criticism.
In 2015, Trent Pads’ proposal for a nine-storey high-rise in Agard Street came under fire from heritage groups and staff at the garage that it would replace.
Now, fresh plans have been submitted for an eight-storey building, which would step down to four storeys at the back.

Simon Foote Architects came up with this new design
If given the go-ahead, the complex will go next to a nine-storey student accommodation block currently being built by Clegg Construction, on behalf of developer Jensco (Derby). Next door to that is the city’s iconic ‘copper building’, occupied by the University of Derby’s law school.
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Two other major residential schemes are also planned further down Agard Street – an area of the city that has been dubbed the ‘University Quarter’.
Trent Pads’ new scheme has been designed by Simon Foote Architects. The plans – which involve demolishing a motor repair garage – feature stepped elevations and green wall covered balconies.

The proposed building scales four to eight storeys
Recognising the emergence of Agard Street as one of the city’s key gateways, a team of local businesses including Simon Foote Architects, DLP Consulting (planning) and Locus Consulting (heritage) pooled their skills to come up with the new design.
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Marketing Derby, which is supporting the scheme, described it as a “unique development that both sensitively responds to the special character of the Friar Gate Conservation Area and the neighbouring historic buildings”.
The redesigned plans respond to the concerns raised by both council planners and Historic England.
Simon Foote, owner of Simon Foote Architects, said he was proud of new design.

The proposed building would be built to the right of where a nine-storey student accommodation block is currently being built. To the left of that is the city’s iconic ‘copper building’, occupied by the University of Derby’s law school
He said: “The result is a signature development for Derby, one that raises the profile of the Agard Street gateway and brings about a much needed regeneration of the city centre.”

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With the planning application having been registered, the building will hope to secure approval later in the year, ahead of construction.
The building is the latest proposed residential scheme for Agard Street, following others such as a 156-bed student scheme and 77-apartment residential scheme, both of which were submitted late last year.
Decisions are also expected on those in the coming months.
Source: Derby Telegraph