Proposals for an increase to 272 students rooms as part of the Viking House development in Lincoln have been approved.
A planning committee at the City of Lincoln Castle approved the plans submitted by Jackson & Jackson Developments at a meeting on June 20.
The council unanimously approved the plans, which will now see the demolition of the Taste of Marrakesh restaurant and a new building incorporating a partially subterranean four and five storey building.
Plans will also see the erection of a four storey building that will be positioned to the south of Nos. 100-104 Newland.
Viking House development
Plans to convert Lincoln’s Viking House into 200-bed student accommodation were previously given the green light by city councillors in May this year.
Viking House itself was initially included in the application for new luxury flats on the waterfront known as One the Brayford, which has already seen Mill House converted into private apartments.
Developers have now reconsidered pre-approved plans as they felt student accommodation would be better suited for the refurbishment of the second building.
Dominik Jackson, director of Jackson & Jackson Developments, said: “Whilst the University’s expansion is a huge success story, the increased student numbers creates a lot of challenges in the housing sector in Lincoln, which is why we saw the importance of using this space to fill that gap in the market.
“We have done a lot of work in improving the Brayford area and are pleased to be delivering another well-designed and modern development in the city.
“We worked very closely with the planning and conservation officers at the council on the design and functionality of the site and are proud of the outcome.
“We are pleased to see works starting on phase one now and look forward to delivering this scheme in the centre of Lincoln for students to enjoy for many years to come.”
The build programme, which is being delivered by local construction company LGG Projects, is expected to reach completion by September 2019.