The Development

Opening in September 2018 Alumno are delighted to present our latest project in Norwich City Centre.  The Quad will offer students a brand new 244-bed development comprising a choice of 5, 6 and 8 bed ensuite cluster bedrooms and 30 self contained studio rooms.

Prominently located opposite John Lewis The Quad will also offer ground floor flexible commercial space and high quality common rooms and external landscaping space for students to enjoy.  Public art will celebrate the life and achievements of Pablo Fanque, Britain’s first black circus proprietor who hailed from Norfolk and who is mentioned in The Beatles song For The Benefit of Mr Kite which celebrates its 50th anniversary in the same year the development opens.


Our scheme has been designed by award-winning architects Carson & Partners, who were responsible for our largely successful first project in Norwich, All Saints Green, situated opposite the bus station.

The design is a combination of five blocks stepping up in height from eight storeys (with the mixed-use ground floor below) in the south, peaking at thirteen (with ground floor below) to the north. The blocks step in and out to break up the building’s appearance/façade.


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The Quad is entirely car-free with limited on-street car parking for disabled users.

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The site is well known locally and has housed many renowned nights throughout the decades previously as the “Gaumont” concert venue, where the Rolling Stones regularly played. Prior to this it was the Carlton cinema built in the 1930’s and, latterly the now-demolished Mecca Bingo Hall building. The City Council of Norwich has recently completed works on its planned pedestrianisation of Westlegate and All Saints Green which has improved public areas and the area`s overall accessibility.

Alumno`s site will front on this newly pedestrianized and landscaped area and our design draws influence from the softer and cleaner environment that these changes have created.