A Student Scheme Accommodating 549 Student Beds


The Lancaster Street site sits amongst a number of new tall buildings area in the north part of Birmingham’s City Centre, at the doorstep of Aston University, 10 mins walk from Snow Hill Station. The land is a clean corner, approximately 40 metres x 40 meters, roughly square, with an area approximately 1,665 m2, or 0.41 acres. The client brief for this south-west facing site is to prepare plans for a building at ground plus 23 floors in height to house new student accomodation. This project will be home to 549 students in a mix of different unit types, ranging from studios to nine-room clusters. The project’s facades offer a sense of movement and depth which emphasises the project’s verticality. An alternating pattern of solid pre-cast concrete panels and glazed openings wraps the project; it is a structural skin.


Lancaster St. Birmingham

Lancaster St is a proposal for new student housing at the doorstep of Birmingham’s “Learning Quarter.” Sited within a rapidly developing corner of the city, the project’s 24 floor tower collaborates with adjacent developments to define a new gateway to central Birmingham. The  site is within a tall buildings area in the north part of Birmingham’s City Centre, located just outside of the city core between the Gun Quarter, The Learning Quarter & The Snow Hill Masterplan. The site is outside of the Queensway, but has easy crossing into the city centre via the green roundabout which has split levels currently but plans to normalise and improve the traffic to a better public realm at grade. 

Birmingham City Council offices are located to the south opposite Lawson Street. To the north are three student housing blocks at heights from 16 to 18 floors. Opposite the site a student housing tower at 24 floors in under construction.


419 Multi Unit Beds & 130-Studio Beds

Site Area: 1,655 m2 (0.4 Acres)
Height Profile: 24 Floors (67.5m Including Parapet)
Capacity Target: 549 Bed Spaces (16,605 sq ft GIA)
Parking: 84 Cycles