The University of St Andrews, with the support of its development partner, Campus Living Villages, has submitted plans to Fife Council for a new £100 million student accommodation development at Albany Park in St Andrews.
Jo Hawley, Commercial Director at Campus Living Villages, said of the proposal, “We’re delighted to have submitted our new plans for this exciting development, which will enable the University to meet its student accommodation targets and maintain its growth and status as the leading university in the country.”
Ms Hawley claims that Campus Living Villages listened to issues raised in previous consultations and have worked hard to address them.
She also commented on how the new accommodation development will advantage locals in St Andrews.
Ms Hawley said, “The proposals will also help to ease pressure on the local housing stock by freeing up properties that the university would otherwise buy or rent to accommodate its students. This will benefit local people looking to get on the property ladder.”
The previous site of Albany Park halls will be transformed into “high quality and sustainable” student accommodation by the new proposal. The development will hold 900 beds across nine blocks. Four hundred of these beds, less than half, will be “low rent”.
The development also includes the retainment and refurbishment of Woodburn House. Part of the Estates Complex façade will be reused to provide a new facilities building, boasting social spaces and a terrace looking out to sea.
The proposal features a seasonal cafe and sustainable aspects such as a green sedum roof and photo voltaic panels to generate electricity.
Derek Watson from the University of St Andrews commented on the “major investment” he felt the previous accommodation at Albany Park needed, claiming it had “become tired”.
He said, “These new plans will ensure that we can provide an excellent standard of living accommodation on a site that is already designated for this kind of development.
“These plans have been in progress for some time now but we have now overcome the issues raised on the previous scheme so are confident these proposals will be received positively.”
Mr Watson commented that those at the University hope the new accommodation will be available for students from September 2022.
While the proposals will be heard by Fife Council next month, an information stall and feedback box has been set up in the University’s Main Library where students can give feedback on the proposed development at Albany Park.