In Trying to Secure Student Accommodation, Universities Face a Multitude of Challenges

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“For many students, finding suitable accommodation is a plight they face year on year. This is largely as a result of a wider housing crisis currently affecting everyone, from those looking for social housing to renters looking for affordable accommodation in the private rental market, including students …” (more)

[Simon Foy, University Times, 11 February]

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A major US property firm wants to add ‘a few thousand’ student beds in Dublin

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“US real estate giant Hines is hoping to build up a portfolio of thousands of student beds in the Dublin market over the next few years. The head of the company’s Irish operations, Brian Moran, told Fora he believes that there has recently been a cultural shift towards student housing in Ireland …” (more)

[Paul O’Donoghue, Fora, 10 February]

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Westwood to close next year to make way for 400 student beds

Posted in Governance and administration on February 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The well-known Westwood Hotel in Newcastle will close its doors next year to make way for the development of 400 student accommodation bed spaces. Hotelier and publican Terry Sweeney has sold the business to a UK investment fund which specialises in student accommodation – it will continue to operate as a hotel until early 2018 …” (more)

[Enda Cunningham, Connacht Tribune, 10 February]

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Galway firm to build 429 bed student accommodation at NUI Galway

Posted in Governance and administration on February 9th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Galway contractor JJ Rhatigan has been selected to build a new 429 bed student accommodation block at NUI Galway. The Salthill-headquartered firm will design and build the accommodation, and works are now underway …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 8 February]

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Dublin 8 student resident scheme granted permission

Posted in Governance and administration on February 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Planning permission has just been secured from Dublin City Council for a 308-bed student accommodation facility at the corner of Brown Street and Brickfield Lane in Dublin 8 …” (more)

[Justin Comiskey, Irish Times, 31 January]

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If Politicians Still Can’t See the Value of Students to Ireland, Perhaps They Never Will

Posted in Governance and administration on January 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Berating the construction industry for focusing on a group that will give greater reward for less effort suggests a lack of understanding of the unsustainable state of the rental market …” (more)

[University Times, 22 January]

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€5m Square Deal for student flats

Posted in Governance and administration on January 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The city looks set to welcome yet another large-scale student development, following the successful €5m sale of a vacant building on Washington Street. The sizeable 0.8-acre site is currently home to what used to be the Square Deal Interiors furniture store …” (more)

[Evening Echo, 20 January]

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Student Accommodation New Gold Rush For The Construction Industry

Posted in Governance and administration on January 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The construction industry has begun to go crazy again. Since the foundation of the State there has never been more than than 100 units of student accommodation in my constituency of Dublin Central. But in the last two years alone, 3,300 units have received planning permission and most are under construction ….” (more)

[Labour Party, 17 January]

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Student flats by UCC approved

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Plans to build apartments for nearly 200 students near University College Cork have been approved. Although its own inspector recommended turning down the project, An Bord Pleanála upheld Cork City Council’s decision of last August to give planning permission. The development is to be built on a former service station site on Lancaster Quay, but one of the six storeys must be left out …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 14 January]

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Hines enters Irish student housing market

Posted in Governance and administration on December 21st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Hines has expanded its student housing portfolio from the UK to Ireland with the acquisition of four prime assets in the centre of Dublin on behalf of a group of German pension funds …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 21 December]

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TCD gets go-ahead for €50m student accommodation plan

Posted in Governance and administration on December 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin (TCD) has received a major boost in its bid to address the student accommodation crisis in the capital. This follows Dublin City Council giving the go-ahead for a €50m development for student accommodation on the city centre campus …” (more)

[Gordon Deegan, Irish Times, 17 December]

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Trinity to Reassess Accommodation Approach, Following Failure to Acquire Numerous Dublin Sites

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity is to reassess its approach to accommodation, following its failure over the last two years to acquire at least five properties across Dublin that would have delivered hundreds of beds for students. The sites that were under consideration included …” (more)

[Dillon Hennessy, University Times, 15 December]

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GSA Granted Planning Permission for 571 Bed Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Dublin is to receive a boost to its Student Accommodation Stock as it has been announced that GSA, a global student accommodation provider, have been granted planning permission for the construction of 21,000m2 of student accommodation and 3,700m2 of retail space at Brunswick Street in Dublin 7 …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 15 December]

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USI Welcomes the Strategy for the Rental Sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“USI welcomed the Strategy for the Rental Sector published on December 13th by the Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government. The strategy focuses on four key areas: security, supply, standards and service. USI believe that the document is the first and important step towards affordable and secure rental accommodation in Ireland – but believes that there is still more to be done on the issue of student and purpose built accommodation …” (more)

[Union of Students in Ireland, 14 December]

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Halls Accommodation Project ‘Deprioritised’, as Other Campus Sites Explored

Posted in Governance and administration on December 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“A planned accommodation project in Trinity Hall that would have seen 300 to 400 beds built on the site has been ‘deprioritised’. College is, however, exploring possible accommodation projects at Grand Canal Dock and Santry …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 13 December]

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Trinity College plan new student accommodation with €70m EIB loan

Posted in Governance and administration on November 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Trinity College Dublin has been granted a €70 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB). The money will be invested in to the building of the university’s new business school, more student accommodation and new premises for Trinity’s Institute of Population Health in Tallaght …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, newstalk, 24 November]

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City student accommodation hits roadblock

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Plans for a major student accommodation block in the city have encountered a setback. CWC Webworks Limited had been granted planning permission for the development at Fairgreen Road in September with 19 conditions …” (more)

[Galway Bay FM, 17 November]

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Student Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on November 18th, 2016 by steve

IrelandCarol Nolan (Offaly, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his plans to address the student accommodation crisis …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 November]

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Hines emerges as top bidder for student residence beside UCD

Posted in Governance and administration on November 16th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The US-based global property developer Hines has emerged as the top bidder for the Montrose Student Residence beside the UCD campus on Stillorgan Road, Dublin 4. The company is believed to have bid close to the guide price of €41.5 million for the purpose-built student accommodation …” (more)

[Jack Fagan, Irish Times, 16 November]

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UCD Turn €10 Million Profit from On-Campus Accommodation Rent

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“UCD brought in over €18 million in income from student residences in 2015 the Tribune can report. On-campus accommodation costs the college €7.7 million to run and maintain according to financial figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[College Tribune, 8 November]

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