After UK’s most popular coliving brand The Collective fell into administration, the future of the industry was left uncertain.
However, new plans from Woodbourne Group could revitalize coliving and potentially remedy the challenges the sector faced to begin with.
Woodbourne Group has plans to open a 265 coliving unit as part of the 1 million square foot Curzon Wharf development in Birmingham.
Despite this effort being met with some skepticism, CEO Tani Dulay believes that taking a new approach to coliving will set the firm apart from previous companies.
Instead of converting space, Woodbourne Group will be purpose-built with larger rooms that will replicate a home rather than a small crash pad.
“This is more about homes, about places where people can truly live with comfort and without compromise,” said Dulay. “This is about appealing to a demographic that hasn’t been catered to in Birmingham — those who would like to live in the city centre but can’t afford to.”
The company’s application for Curzon Wharf will appear before the Birmingham City Council planners later this fall.