Birmingham's burgeoning student accommodation sector is set to be boosted by another 130 bedrooms under newly submitted plans.
Two separate applications have been brought forward to build 73 bedrooms, on the corner of Bromsgrove Street and the A38 Bristol Street, and 57 bedrooms in Hospital Street, Hockley.
The applications are the latest in a long line of proposed developments for student accommodation both in the city centre and suburbs, particularly in Selly Oak aimed at those attending the University of Birmingham.
Southside Central, a newly incorporated company registered in Northampton, is working with city practice Glenn Howells Architects and Stourbridge-based PJ Planning to redevelop a surface car park at 83-92 Bromsgrove Street.
It wants to build an eight-storey block containing 73 one-bedroom apartments, a 3,274 sq ft ground floor commercial unit and parking for 40 bikes.
The site is a short walk from another student accommodation scheme in the pipeline at 96-104 Bristol Street, plans for which were lodged by Benacre in January, to convert a locally listed building into 122 bedrooms and two ground floor commercial units.
In a separate application, IPM SIPP Administration, a Stevenage-based company which specialises in self-invested personal pension (SIPP) plans, has applied for permission to convert a vacant commercial building at 268 Hospital Street.
Working with Malvern architecture firm Paul Nicholls Partnership, the company wants to refurbish the former home of lighting company Inlico into 57 bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms and shared lounge and kitchen facilities.
The three-storey building would have parking for 19 cars and motorbikes and ten cycle spaces and would benefit from its proximity to Aston University and Birmingham City University.
A design statement written by Paul Nicholls Partnership said: "The existing building has previously been used for commercial purposes (and) was marketed formally until 2011 without success.
"The current owners have repeatedly tried to re-let the premises but have not attracted any interest to date.
"(They) have carried out an appraisal of the site for possible redevelopment (and) recommended the best course of action was to redevelop for student accommodation."