Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Group, is pleased to announce that it has secured planning consent to deliver a 207-bed purpose-built student accommodation development scheme in Dublin. The project will be Crosslane’s first student development in the city and in the Republic of Ireland. Completion of the scheme is due in time for the 2019/2020 academic year and Prime Student Living, the student accommodation lettings and operational management arm of Crosslane, will be responsible for achieving full occupancy prior to practical completion.
The site is located at the junction of Carman’s Hall and Garden Lane, within the Dublin’s main ring road, just to the west of the city centre and south of the River Liffey. The development is a short walk away from Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons’ campus, and University College Dublin and City University are easily accessible by bus.
Crosslane has worked closely with planning officers to ensure the development upholds and positively contributes to the character of the surrounding conservation area, whilst also delivering a scheme in line with the Dublin City Council’s Development and Regeneration Strategy. Following feedback from the planning department, the external design was amended from initial proposals to ensure the impact of the development on local amenities and public access routes was minimized and the privacy of the neighbouring properties protected.
The scheme itself will comprise three residential buildings of between three and six storeys, containing 207 high-specification en-suite beds arranged in cluster flats of between five to eight bedrooms. The property will also feature significant dedicated communal areas, including a common room, gym and study room, a management suite, bicycle storage, a public coffee shop at ground level and a private outdoor landscaped courtyard.
Dublin is an internationally renowned university city and has approximately 70,000 students studying at the city’s higher education establishments. Dublin’s oldest and most prestigious universities are Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, ranked 98th and 17th in the world respectively in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17.
There is a significant supply-demand imbalance in the city as demand for well-located, premium-built student accommodation in the city continues to increase. According to the Higher Education Authority, there is a need for around 25,000 more student beds in Ireland with the shortage being most acute in Dublin.
Crosslane has appointed local, Dublin based architects John Fleming for the design of the development.
Lisa Timberlake, Development Manager, Crosslane Student Developments, said:
“Crosslane is delighted to have secured planning consent for our first student accommodation development in Dublin following extensive engagement with the local planning officers and consultation with local residents. The 207 bed scheme will significantly ease the demand for purpose-built student accommodation which persists in Dublin, whilst also delivering a building which reflects the planning officers’ vision for this exciting conservation and regeneration area.
“The scheme is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre, within easy reach of Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons and with excellent transport links that make it easily accessible to students from University College Dublin and City University.”