Approval for CityBlock’s Latest Lancaster Scheme

Specialist consultancy, HOW Planning has secured detailed planning approval on behalf of CityBlock, a leading provider of high quality, ensuite student accommodation, for its latest development in Lancaster.

Approval of the plans pave the way for the multi-million pound redevelopment of the iconic Gillows building on North Road which will be the developer’s latest addition to its growing UK portfolio.

CityBlock has worked with ssharc Architects for the redevelopment of the Grade II listed building, which is currently substantially empty.

Says Richard Barton, Partner at HOW Planning: “CityBlock have already delivered some of Lancaster’s most exclusive student accommodation and plans for its latest scheme demonstrates its continuing commitment to investment. Planning approval enables our client to start the transformation of the Gillows into a new student community for the city.”

CityBlock was established by Lancaster entrepreneur Trevor Bargh in 2003, who has since delivered a number of high quality developments for students in both Lancaster and in other UK cities.

HOW worked closely with CityBlock during the preparation of the plans to ensure all considerations were taken into account for the transformation of the Grade II listed building.

The Gillows development will comprise 32 studio rooms and a further 66 bedrooms spread across 10 cluster flats. The design, due for completion in August 2018 ‘raises the bar’ in both quality and sustainability and will complement the City of Lancaster and the rest of the CityBlock portfolio.


Published: 20/12/2016

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