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Belfast student housing schemes make waves

Words: Roger Milne
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More significant student housing schemes are set to climb off the drawing board in Belfast.

London-based developer Olympian Homes has bought a 476-bedroom scheme with planning permission earmarked for a site opposite the Ulster University’s new Belfast campus.

Meanwhile, local property company McAleer and Rushe has confirmed proposals for 1,200 new student bedrooms as part of a £70 million deal with Queen’s University.

Belfast City Council is currently considering planning permission for two buildings – at McClintock Street and College Avenue – as part of this scheme.

The agreement includes a 476-bed scheme on McClintock Street, which would form part of a mixed-use student and hotel scheme, as well as a proposal for College Avenue consisting of 680 cluster bedrooms and 95 studios.

Queen's University vice-chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston, described the deal as a "substantial investment" by the university.

He said the "much-needed accommodation" would help Queen's to attract "the brightest local, national and international students to Belfast".

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