Northern Ireland

Student rooms plan for Belfast city centre

An artist's impression of the University of Ulster's new Belfast campus Image copyright presser
Image caption An artist's impression of the University of Ulster's new Belfast campus

Plans have been submitted to build a student accommodation block between Great Victoria Street and Sandy Row in Belfast.

It is the latest proposal for new student housing, ahead of the development of the University of Ulster's city centre campus.

The new university buildings are due to be finished by 2018.

Outline planning application has been submitted for a 391-bedroom block on a site at Glenalpin Street.

The site is currently used as a car park. The applicant is Glenalpin Street Ltd, whose only director is Denise Stanley.

In June, a Welsh property firm bought the former Belfast Metropolitan College building at College Square East to build student rooms.

Watkin Jones and Sons said it plans to develop 400 units in time for the start of the 2016 academic year.

Meanwhile, planners are currently considering an application from Newtownards-based McNeill Properties to build a nine-storey, 200-bedroom student accommodation block next to the new campus.

The plan involves demolishing an existing building at the junction of York Street and Frederick Street.

Planning permission has already been granted to convert an office building close to the existing Art College into student accommodation.

Progressive Property Investments intends to create 45 en-suite single bedrooms at Mark Royal House on Donegall Street.

When the campus is in operation it will have about 11,290 full-time students and 1,280 staff.

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