Queen’s University Belfast Preps for $100M Student Housing

McAleer & Rushe will develop two student housing facilities in central Belfast for Queen’s University.

By Adelina Osan, Associate Editor 

Belfast, IrelandQueen’s University Belfast partners up with London-based developer McAleer & Rushe to construct a 1,200-bed residential option on two central university sites. The $100 million student housing project is scheduled for completion by the summer of 2018.

College Avenue - rendering of the project

College Avenue – rendering of the project

“This is one of the most significant property development deals in Northern Ireland for many years. It follows on from the success we had with Belfast City Council to develop a 100,000-square-foot office for it, at our site on Adelaide Street. We are particularly pleased to have reached agreement with Queen’s on these two student accommodation schemes, which will provide such a valuable boost for the City,” said Stephen Surphlis, property director at McAleer & Rushe, in prepared remarks.

Plans for the 476-bed project on McClintock Street include a mix of student housing and a hotel. The proposal for College Avenue will encompass 680 cluster bedrooms and 95 studios. Both projects are currently under consideration by the Belfast City Council Planning Service.

“As an anchor institution in the city, this substantial investment again demonstrates the commitment of Queen’s to the development of Belfast as a learning city. The continued growth of the university, and Belfast, is critical to the success of the knowledge economy,” said Queen’s Vice-Chancellor & Professor Patrick Johnston.

Rendering courtesy of McAleer & Rushe

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