1000 flats for Birmingham student development


A planning application has been submitted to develop almost 1000 student flats at a former accident hospital in Birmingham.

Queen's Hospital Close plan.
Credit: Chapman Taylor.

Architect, Chapman Taylor, has submitted a planning application to Birmingham City Council to build almost 1000 flats for the Queen’s Hospital Close, Bath Row site, near the Birmingham Canal Old Line. 

The firm looks to revamp the former accident hospital into a mixed residential development for student living. 

McLaren Property owns the site, and aims to demolish the existing student accommodation, which includes 337 student rooms, to make way for this new plan, according to Birmingham Live.

Inside the job 

Queen's Hospital Close, plan. [Credit: Chapman Taylor].
Queen’s Hospital Close, plan. [Credit: Chapman Taylor].
Chapman Taylor’s plan includes the construction of 189 Build-to-Rent flats, and 759 Purpose-Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) residential bedrooms.

These homes are split across five high-rise buildings, one 31-storey tower, two 10-storey buildings, and two seven-storeys.

The plan also involves the refurbishment of two remaining listed buildings, which will become communal facilities including a cafe and a gym. 

Environmental value

To ensure BREEAM Excellent certification, Taylor has positioned the  buildings to allow retention of the majority of the existing trees, to minimise carbon emissions.

The site will also be surrounded by a green boundary, with the buildings fitted with biodiversity roofs. 


Chapman is leading a design team that includes Turley, Stace LLP, and Churchman Thornhill Finch. 

Birmingham City Council is expected to deliver a decision on the plans in Autumn 2023. 

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