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Plans for 585 student apartments built by Topland in Cardiff approved

TOPLAND, one of the UK’s largest privately owned investment groups, has gained consent for a landmark development of 585 student beds in Cardiff city centre.

The scheme, on Greyfriars Road, will be centered around a 28-storey tower, replacing a vacant 1960s office building, Friary House, that formerly housed Tiger Tiger nightclub.

The design-led scheme, from architects Rio and Westworks, will have far reaching views over the city centre and Cardiff Castle and provide a mix of studio, en-suite clusters and one bed apartments together with amenity space, a roof garden, and commercial space at ground floor.

The city centre, home to Russell Group Cardiff University, is experiencing a significant undersupply of student accommodation, with 57% of students unable to access accommodation.

Topland have worked with its development partner Colico Living to achieve the consent, having previously worked successfully together on Paradise View, a high quality BTR scheme in Birmingham city centre.

William Davies, director of asset management at Topland Group said, “This is another example of Topland investing in its portfolio to re-purpose assets and add value. This will be a great addition to the city centre, providing much needed high quality, sustainable student accommodation.”

Jon Stewart, director of Colico Living, added, “We are delighted to be working with Topland Group on what will be a fantastic addition to the Cardiff skyline. The redevelopment of Friary House to provide best in class student accommodation in a prime city centre location in the Welsh Capital City is a project we are proud of and excited to be involved with.”