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Major new student accommodation scheme mooted for NI capital

Words: Roger Milne
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Proposals have been submitted for a £18 million student accommodation complex in Belfast at a vacant site over the railway line between Botanic Avenue and University Road.

The scheme comprises 219 cluster beds and 32 studio flats, along with communal facilities and a retail/café unit on Botanic Avenue.

The proposed development is the latest purpose-built student accommodation block earmarked for the capital.

Developer Lacuna Developments has built up experience of the student housing market in Belfast, thanks to its involvement in several recent schemes: Botanic Studios on the Dublin Road, Swanston House on Queen Street, and the 430-bed Little Patrick Street development, due for completion later this year.

The south Belfast site has been vacant for two decades and was the subject of earlier aborted residential developments.

Proposals for the new Ulster University campus in the area have triggered demand for student housing.

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