Belfast Telegraph

UK firm plans 11-storey student housing complex in Belfast

By John Mulgrew

A UK property company is hoping to build a second student accommodation complex in Belfast as part of a multi-million pound investment, it can be revealed.

UniCiti LLP has applied for permission to construct an 11-storey building - made up of 380 studio rooms - located in Little Patrick Street.

The project is set to include shared communal areas and an outside courtyard, along with a management suite.

Earlier this year, UniCiti outlined plans for a 12-14-storey student development on York Street, made up of almost 600 bedrooms and 92 studio rooms.

A spokesman for UniCiti, which is based in Harrogate, said Belfast was "playing catch-up with other university cities" in the provision of student accommodation.

"We plan to be part of the regeneration of this area, complementing the development at Ulster University's York Street campus," the spokesman added.

"Through these two proposals we will be not just meeting a need, but delivering for higher expectations.

"Both applications bring forward a vision for quality accommodation, which needs to be realised quickly. By 2018, there will be a significant demand for student accommodation, from five higher education institutions located across the city."

The proposed building is said to have been designed to "reflect the scale of other buildings" already planned or built in the surrounding area.

The planning application was submitted by UniCiti along with Belfast planning consultancy firm Turley.

It is located just metres away from Ulster University's city centre campus, and is also close to a number of other planned developments of a similar style in the city.

The latest plans for student accommodation in Belfast are designed to make room for the huge influx of students that will come when Ulster University begins its move from Jordanstown to York Street in 2017.

Elsewhere, an application was lodged at the end of June for a 710-bedroom building on Donegall Street.

The application includes plans 54 lower ground-floor parking spaces.

In May this year, Co Tyrone property developer McAleer and Rushe announced two student housing developments, bringing more than 1,200 new rooms to the city. The project will support 300 jobs during construction.

Planning applications have also been submitted for a 840-room scheme on College Avenue.

In March this year, the green light was given for 400 rooms of student accommodation at the former Belfast Metropolitan College building.

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