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Here, you can find out more about the proposed developed plans for the site, as part of the Statutory Consultation, before we apply for planning permission from Cardiff Council.

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Tuesday 16th April at 12:30pm

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About Fusion

At Fusion, we are dedicated to providing students with the best possible experience in their chosen university cities. We believe that every aspect of student living should be carefully considered and designed, from our beautifully crafted living and study spaces to our unparalleled social facilities and our focus on wellbeing and sustainability.

As pioneers and leaders in our industry, we constantly explore innovative ways to collaborate with our partners and operate within our buildings based on the unique characteristics of the cities where we develop and operate. This is particularly true in Cardiff where we have an extensive track record for delivery of student accommodation. This proposal will be our fourth scheme in the city and our fifth overall in Wales.

We always prioritise the environment, our people, and our students in everything we do. Our positive living ethos underpins everything we do, ensuring that our students have access to great facilities and living spaces, as well as an enriching experience that will positively impact their lives.


Proposals

Fusion Students intends to submit an application for planning permission for the demolition of the Longcross Court building and the redevelopment of the site for Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA), comprising circa 650 no. student bedspaces & student amenity spaces as well as mixed commercial use on the ground floor. The building will be a mix of heights, up to 15 storeys overall.

Site Location

The site comprises land at Longcross Court, 47 Newport Road, Roath, Cardiff, CF24 0AD. It is located in a prominent position to the north east of Cardiff City Centre, bounded by the A4161 (Newport Road) to the south, City Road to the west and Oxford Lane to the north.

Glossop Road lies to the south and offers prominent views towards the site. The site is located in a very sustainable location close to city centre amenities and the two universities. The site will also benefit from proposed sustainable transport enhancements along the entirety of Newport Road.

The site is located along a key gateway into the City Centre and City Road. It is surrounded by tall buildings, which are an extension of the urban fabric of the city centre. As such, any development on this site will become an active player in the city skyline when approaching or leaving the city.

Proposals will need to be mindful of the Grade 2 heritage listed buildings in the vicinity and be designed to be complementary to the skyline from key views in the locality.

There is a vibrant mix of uses around the site, which a new student community could support.

Proposals

The Proposed Development comprises the demolition of the existing building and erection of new build Purpose Built Student Accommodation and ground floor commercial spaces and associated works.

The proposed development will comprise student accommodation which will serve the Universities nearby, together with some ground floor commercial space on Newport Road and/or City Road. The options explored for the building mass currently indicate greater height on the corner of City Road/Newport Road at 14 storeys + ground floor, with lower building forms to the north and east where the site is adjacent to lower rise development.

Ground floor space is indicated for a mix of commercial uses to provide the greatest potential for occupation together with PBSA amenity space and main building’s entrance. The proposals will principally be a car free development, with disabled parking / move in/out spaces accessed from Oxford Lane.

Pre-application discussions with Cardiff Council are on-going. The scheme has been amended to take on board various comments made by the Council to date.

Design and Streetscape

The design will comprise a free-standing tower, which provides an opportunity for a distinct identity. The taller element on the City Road/Newport Road junction will mark the gateway to the City Centre / Roath districts.

Elevation treatment options are being considered in detail but will include references to more traditional elements in the locality, including picking up on context such as the Cardiff Royal Infirmary adjacent. The use of buff / grey brick with contrasting elements is a proposed option.

The building frontage will be set back along Newport Road, allowing for enhanced public realm including street trees.

Active frontages will be provided to Newport Road and Oxford Lane, by way of the provision of double height commercial and amenity space on the ground floor. This will provide increased street presence, in contrast to the current Longcross Court building. The site’s location on the junction of two main streets and existing commercial uses in the locality, provides opportunities to activate the street with engaging and complementary commercial uses.

The building line to Oxford Lane will also be set back, allowing for accessible parking and servicing to Oxford Lane.

Associated landscaping and communal amenity space will support the proposed student accommodation. Student amenity spaces will also help to activate the street scene.

Proposed Acommodation

Proposed unit sizes will exceed the minimum sizes required. A mix of cluster unit types and sizes of clusters will be provided, with communal kitchen / social spaces for each cluster. A mix of studio sizes is also proposed. Furthermore, communal scheme-wide amenity spaces will be provided for all units.

Flexibility

The proposed layouts will be capable of re-use and adaption in the future, should the demand for PBSA reduce. The modular nature of the PBSA units creates a simple principle for conversion to other uses. Compatible alternative uses include hotels and co-living.


Project Timeline

March 2024

Design Phase

22 March 2024

PAC (statutory consultation) opening for comments

19 April 2024

PAC (statutory consultation) closing for comments

Design updates from PAC consultation feedback

May 2024

Planning Application Submission

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Please click on the link below to view the draft planning application documents for Longcross Court.

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Fusion

The Fusion brand exists to create thoughtful spaces, places and homes that enrich, enhance and inspire whoever lives within them.

Everything Fusion does has been thoughtfully considered to help students get the most out of their experience in their chosen University city. From beautifully designed living and study spaces to unrivalled facilities and focus on wellbeing and sustainability.

With a successful track-record for delivering high-quality student accommodation and building strong communities, Fusion is a family-owned business that aims to redefine the sector in a positive way.

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Corstorphine & Wright

Corstorphine & Wright are an architectural practice with offices up and down the UK. We pride ourselves on creating intelligent designs which create an emotional connection for people.

We have a client-centric approach towards design, allowing us to create places that foster human connection while adding commercial, civic and social value.

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Rhomco

Founded in 2007, Rhomco is a leading provider of commercial property and construction consultancy offering the full range of project managers, building surveying, cost consultancy and CDM related services.

Operating across the UK we offer bespoke solutions that always deliver. We take great pride in the level of service we deliver and have a proven track record of forming strong, ongoing, working relationships. Our team has a thorough and practical knowledge of building, surveying and construction issues and a strong understanding of property law.

We are client focused, dedicated and genuinely want to provide advice that is both worthwhile and relevant. We are committed to the individual needs of our clients and our talented, professional people often make the seemingly impossible possible.

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We’re a small Planning Consultancy with a wealth of experience providing expert professional advice to private and public sector clients on the planning and development process on sites throughout the UK. We pride ourselves on providing a personal and professional service which is sometimes lost in larger practices.

The team provides robust and friendly advice on development proposals in many cities and works directly for land owners, promotors, developers, architects and project managers. Our role is to provide general and technical planning advice working with the architectural and technical teams assembled. We are the interface with the Local Planning Authorities and aim to help navigate clients through the planning process or provide assistance to third parties.

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We are a communications agency with a creative edge and commitment to engaging communities. We aim to deliver positive change to the world around us.

We help organisations to connect with people and to partner with their communities to transform where they work and live. Our aim is to work with communities to deliver better projects and lasting social value.