Europa House could become University of Portsmouth halls of residence

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PLANS have been drawn up to turn Europa House in Portsmouth into a student halls of residence, The News can reveal.

The former headquarters of Pall Europe could be turned into accommodation for more than 260 students from the University of Portsmouth.

Terry Murch, director of Stuart Properties Ltd, said: ‘We are pleased to have put together plans to transform Europa House bringing it back into economic use, while offering students some of the best views in Portsmouth, looking out over Gunwharf Quays, Spinnaker Tower and the historic dockyard.’

A planning application has been submitted to Portsmouth City Council to create 166 studio and two bedroom apartments offering 262 beds for students.

The accommodation will be aimed at undergraduates in their second and third year of university, post graduates and international students.

The six storey car park below the tower is set to be retained as an overflow car park for Gunwharf Quays.

The building would be managed 24 hours a day by a student management operator.

The original plan was to turn the building into a £10m Travelodge Hotel, which would have created 36 jobs and brought the area up to the same standard as Gunwharf Quays.

Approval for the plan was given by Portsmouth City Council in 2012, but nothing has happened since to the 18-storey building.

Steven Travé, managing director of student accommodation consultancy firm Academy Property Consultants, said: ‘We are looking forward to taking this project forward positively with the planners and local community by breathing fresh new life into this long empty building.

‘With Gunwharf Quays and the city centre on the doorstep, we are sure the planned development will be well-received by students and their parents.’

If planning permission is given, work will start this summer, with students moving in from September 2016.

Job opportunities will be available during the construction phase.