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Striking new student housing block joins city's skyline

PUBLISHED: 06:00 12 September 2015

All Saints Green development. Picture submitted

All Saints Green development. Picture submitted

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A new building has been added to Norwich's skyline after developers put the finishing touches to a student housing block.

Lord Mayor of Norwich Brenda Arthur opens the All Saints Green Development, designed by Alumno Developments and built by construction specialists Morgan Sindall. Picture Darren CarterLord Mayor of Norwich Brenda Arthur opens the All Saints Green Development, designed by Alumno Developments and built by construction specialists Morgan Sindall. Picture Darren Carter

The £11m development – near Norwich bus station on the corner of Queens Road and Bull Lane – will be home to more than 200 students from the Norwich University of the Arts.

But work still needs to be finished on the adjacent Grade II Listed No 50 building. Once refurbished, it will open with a yoga studio, café, and a small park.

Angela Robson, deputy vice-chancellor of Norwich University of the Arts said: “We are delighted with All Saints Green; the excellent facilities have been designed and built to a very high standard and the attention to sustainability is in-keeping with the university’s own ethos. We know our students are going to love living here.”

The development – which was officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Norwich Brenda Arthur earlier this week – will welcome its first students today.

The facilities include, a reading room with views of Norwich; Brompton Bike Hire for students and the public; green roofs to attract wildlife and a rainwater capture system to minimise the use of mains water.

David Campbell, managing director of Alumno Developments said: “This is our first development in Norwich and we are proud to have worked with the local community, Norwich University of the Arts and its students from the start. By creating the public park and yoga studio, and Brompton Bike Hire, as well as the student homes, we hope the whole community will benefit.”

Gavin Napper, area director for Morgan Sindall, added: “We’re very pleased to have successfully delivered the All Saints Green project for Alumno Developments. This was a high-profile scheme which challenged us due its tight, urban location in the city centre, but our team and our great network of local subcontractors and suppliers managed the situation with real proficiency and we’re pleased to be handing over this exciting project on time and on budget.”

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