Knox Court, Wales’ first co-living scheme secures planning

The former Knox Court Legal & General offices in Cardiff will be converted and extended vertically to create the new co-living homes.

The proposed Knox Court co-living development | Urban Centric | BTR News
The proposed Knox Court co-living development.

Construction firm Urban Centric’s proposals to develop 203 co-living apartments at Knox Court has been granted planning permission from Cardiff Council, subject to Section 106 agreement. 

Maya Capital completed the sale of Knox Court to Urban Centric in April 2024 for £6.2m. lt acquired Knox Court in 2015 as part of its regional office investment strategy. Maya Capital completed two lease regears with Legal & General before the financial services company vacated the building in December 2023.

After acquiring the former Legal & General HQ Office in Cardiff Central, Urban Centric appointed Expedite’s multidiscipline team to design and manage the redevelopment of the offices into Cardiff’s first co-living scheme.

The 60,000 sq ft Knox Court scheme is set to provide an ideal mix of private space with a range of communal areas, alongside two office units on the ground floor. The co-living scheme has been developed with ESG credentials at its core, with a target EPC of ‘A’. 

The building occupies a prominent corner frontage onto Fitzalan Place, which provides a direct route onto Newport Road, the main arterial road both through Cardiff city centre and out to the east of the city.

The co-living scheme is located within proximity to Queen Street railway station and within walking distance to Queen Street retail and leisure pitch. Occupiers in the immediate vicinity include EasyHotel, Starbucks, One Stop, Mercure Hotel, Unite Students and Eclipse/Howards Gardens Student Halls.

With strip out work already under way, main work at Knox Court will begin this summer and take 18 months to complete.