We are aiming to submit a planning application towards the end of Summer 2021.
- Co-living is a modern and innovative living solution targeted at graduates and young professionals, offering high-quality affordable accommodation in urban locations that they otherwise may not be able to afford through the private rental market. It is about providing a convenient, flexible living environment and creating a ‘shared experience’ lifestyle, which strongly appeals to the millennial generation.
- An all-inclusive and flexible tenancy model, based around safe and secure professionally managed accommodation, co-living creates an attractive stepping stone from academic to working life, enabling people to build roots in the area, before they take the next step into perhaps purchasing their own home. It also appeals to project-based workers who need short to medium-term accommodation, but who do not want the isolation that an extended stay in a hotel would otherwise involve.
Our proposed scheme contains 303 rooms of varying sizes and tenures, each of which would be occupied by one person.
There are four buildings proposed, which vary in height between three and six storeys. Each building has been individually designed in response to its location on the site and to the local context.
There are three proposed service points for deliveries and refuse along Bury Street. The servicing is spread around the site to reduce service activity at any particular point. As a busy thoroughfare into Guildford is not possible to service the building from Portsmouth Road.
Tiger Developments proposals include only 2 staff and 2 accessible Blue Badge spaces, along with 5 electric bays for a future car club, all within a new basement area. In contrast, the previous PegasusLife scheme included 50 residents’ spaces. Future residents of Guildford Plaza will not be eligible to apply for a permit to park in the local controlled parking zone.
A proportion of the homes would be available at a discounted rent, with a focus on key workers employed by the NHS and other important, local public services.
It is proposed that Guildford Plaza would be managed by Tiger’s sister company, ‘Host’, which has a track record of professionally and successfully managing large, multi-let accommodation.
- Guildford Council’s planning policy requires that new developments achieve a 20% reduction in carbon emissions compared to standards set out in government building regulations and also requires that at least 10% of this reduction be achieved through the use of on-site low or zero-carbon technologies.
- Tiger’s proposals for Guildford Plaza will exceed both of these standards through a comprehensive fabric-first approach to sustainable design, using energy-efficient construction materials to minimise initial energy requirements. The buildings’ heating and hot water energy will also be provided via Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHPs), which are a low-carbon heating system that absorbs free naturally occurring ambient heat from the outside air. ASHPs use electrical energy to capture heat and then via an electrical pump, transfers that heat into a building’s heating and hot water systems.
- The scheme has also been designed to maximise natural daylight and will use automatic controls to ensure internal and external lighting is only used when it is needed.
- The scheme is targeting an Excellent BREEAM rating.
The site is owned by PegasusLife. Tiger Developments have an option to redevelop it for this proposed co-living scheme.
PegasusLife have taken the decision not to develop the approved scheme.