£100m Bristol student scheme approved

Former South Plaza office block will provide 399 student bedrooms.

  • What? Melburg Capital has secured full planning permission for a
    student accommodation scheme in Bristol.
  • Why? Former South Plaza office block will be converted to provide 399
    student bedrooms, called 360 Bristol.
  • What next? Aiming to complete by June 2026, the project will include a
    gym with changing facilities, café and leisure areas, a golf simulator
    and bike storage.

Melburg Capital has obtained full planning consent to convert a former office block in Bristol city centre into a £100m purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme.

The proposals, which were submitted in June last year, will transform the former South Plaza office building to provide 399 student bedrooms.

To be called 360 Bristol, the development will include a gym, café, leisure facilities, prayer rooms, a golf simulator and 370 bike spaces.

Melburg intends to complete the scheme by June 2026 in time for the September academic year intake.

Andrew Burns, head of asset and development management at Melburg, said: “In line with our environmental agenda, we decided to reimagine this former office facility instead of demolishing it and, in doing so, expect embodied carbon emissions to be notably lower than those associated with constructing a newultra-low energy steel-framed building. We look forward to welcoming students to this exemplary scheme for the 2026 academic year and thank Bristol City Council for its continued support.”

Melburg was advised by Savills.

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