All Saints Green, Norwich

Location: Adjacent to Norwich Bus Station, corner Queens Road & Bull Lane

College/University: Norwich university of the Arts (NUA)

Status: On site

Completion: Summer 2015

First impressions count

Alumno’s renovation of a Grade II listed building in Norwich will give visitors to the city a warmer welcome.

Once the site of the Brazen Gate, part of Norwich’s historic city wall, All Saints Green today stands by an altogether more modern entry point into the city, the bus station. Alumno’s proposals to redevelop vacant buildings in this area will create a far better first impression of the city for those traveling in by bus.

Upper Surrey St. Old poster

The plans involve renovating 50 All Saints Green, a Grade II listed building, to accommodate around 220 students, along with management facilities, while demolishing 52 and 54 All Saints Green and creating a new landscaped public square with gardens.

This is an ideal location for student housing, as it’s within easy walking distance of Norwich University of the Arts and a short bus or cycle ride from the University of East Anglia. The development also satisfies the need for student housing in Norwich city centre, which currently has no halls of residence, either privately or university managed.

photo-Royal Arcade

Furthermore,  Alumno’s proposals support the local council’s policies of promoting Norwich as a Learning City by improving tertiary education facilities, reinforcing the vibrancy of the centre through housing and education developments, and encouraging regeneration in the St Stephen’s area with a mixture of developments, including new homes and improved public open spaces. The plans for All Saints Green also improve the city’s historic buildings.

Student accommodation will be located on the ground floor and upper levels of the renovated building.  This will consist chiefly of self-contained cluster flats, featuring six en-suite bedrooms and a kitchen/lounge, together with a small number of self-contained studios.  The ground floor will also include a management office and reception, while a common room and other associated amenities will be located around the building.

Planning permission for the development was granted by Norwich City Council for the development in September 2013. Work has started on site and the scheme is rapidly growing and while the upper floors are erected, windows, brickwork and internal walls are being installed to the lower floors proving a most efficient programming by our contractors Morgan Sindall.

Alumno were pleased to allow the video and photographic artist Jamie George access to the as yet undeveloped site. For his arts project, the results of which can be seen below.

Copyright Jamie George