Planning Permission Granted for New Town Centre Student Accommodation

We are delighted to share that we’ve successfully achieved planning permission for a new student accommodation building in Northampton town centre.

The proposed plans involve a new building stepping up to 3 storeys on the site of a disused industrial unit to the rear of Orient House, a building on Kettering road near Abington Square. The proposed new building will provide 5 student flats each with 5-6 beds available, creating a total of 28 beds in this sustainable town centre location. Additionally, the ground floor area of the retained Orient House building will be refurbished to provide two retail units on Kettering road.

GSS are working alongside Dishley 101 Ltd, who are the developers responsible for the new scheme. Director at Dishley 101, Danny Innes, said, “It is fantastic news that the project has secured planning permission and we are excited to see GSS’ plans come to fruition. It’s always great to have the opportunity to redevelop a disused site in an important town centre location, creating something that is going to bring significant benefit for the town.”

Whilst Orient House itself is not a listed building, it sits within the Boot & Shoe Conservation Area, between the Unitarian Chapel and War Memorial, which are both listed. The designs have been carefully developed, considering suitability of materials and overall appearance within this conservation area. We have vast experience designing student accommodation, in addition to having a specialist Heritage team with experience of working on conservation projects and listed buildings, making us well positioned to design the extension and redevelopment of Orient House, on this important and sensitive town centre location.

Tom Jagger, Associate and Architect leading the project at GSSArchitecture, said, “We are delighted to be working on another exciting project, which continues GSS’ long history of Northampton town centre regeneration schemes. Bringing students closer to the town centre will position them closer to amenities, with the added benefit of helping to increase footfall on the high street. It has been great working with Danny Innes at Dishley 101 Ltd, and Adrian Clubbe at Whites Estate Agents and with planning approval now granted, we can look forward to the project progressing further.”