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Boom in Belfast student accommodation proposals

Words: Roger Milne
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Belfast has become the focus for a surge of proposals for new student accommodation.

Plans have just been submitted for a project in Donegall Street, Belfast city centre, offering 710 student bedrooms.

It is part of a major project to regenerate the Northside area of the city, where an urban village designed to provide up to 3,000 flats and houses - primarily for students from the new Ulster University campus - is climbing off the drawing board.

Two months ago County Tyrone property developer McAleer and Rushe announced two student housing developments providing more than 1,200 new rooms for the city.

In a separate but related development, a specialist student housing developer is planning to build around 150 flats on the Dublin Road in south Belfast.

It is a joint venture between Lacuna Developments, based in Holywood, County Down, and the Welsh firm Watkin Jones.

They have bought the former Willis insurance offices, close to the junction with Botanic Avenue.

The same joint venture is currently converting the former Belfast Metropolitan College building at College Square East into student flats.