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Crosslane Student Developments Secures conditional planning consent for new purpose-built 207-bed student accommodation development in Dublin

Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Group, is pleased to announce that it has secured planning consent to deliver a 207-bed purpose-built student accommodation development scheme in Dublin. The project will be Crosslane’s first student development in the city and in the Republic of Ireland. Completion of the scheme

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BDC 317 : Jun 2024

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Crosslane Student Developments Secures conditional planning consent for new purpose-built 207-bed student accommodation development in Dublin

Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Group, is pleased to announce that it has secured planning consent to deliver a 207-bed purpose-built student accommodation development scheme in Dublin. The project will be Crosslane’s first student development in the city and in the Republic of Ireland. Completion of the scheme is due in time for the 2019/2020 academic year and Prime Student Living, the student accommodation lettings and operational management arm of Crosslane, will be responsible for achieving full occupancy prior to practical completion. The site is located at the junction of Carman’s Hall and Garden Lane, within the Dublin’s main ring road, just to the west of the city centre and south of the River Liffey. The development is a short walk away from Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons’ campus, and University College Dublin and City University are easily accessible by bus. Crosslane has worked closely with planning officers to ensure the development upholds and positively contributes to the character of the surrounding conservation area, whilst also delivering a scheme in line with the Dublin City Council’s Development and Regeneration Strategy. Following feedback from the planning department, the external design was amended from initial proposals to ensure the impact of the development on local amenities and public access routes was minimized and the privacy of the neighbouring properties protected. The scheme itself will comprise three residential buildings of between three and six storeys, containing 207 high-specification en-suite beds arranged in cluster flats of between five to eight bedrooms. The property will also feature significant dedicated communal areas, including a common room, gym and study room, a management suite, bicycle storage, a public coffee shop at ground level and a private outdoor landscaped courtyard. Dublin is an internationally renowned university city and has approximately 70,000 students studying at the city’s higher education establishments. Dublin’s oldest and most prestigious universities are Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin, ranked 98th and 17th in the world respectively in the QS World University Rankings 2016/17. There is a significant supply-demand imbalance in the city as demand for well-located, premium-built student accommodation in the city continues to increase. According to the Higher Education Authority, there is a need for around 25,000 more student beds in Ireland with the shortage being most acute in Dublin. Crosslane has appointed local, Dublin based architects John Fleming for the design of the development. Lisa Timberlake, Development Manager, Crosslane Student Developments, said: “Crosslane is delighted to have secured planning consent for our first student accommodation development in Dublin following extensive engagement with the local planning officers and consultation with local residents. The 207 bed scheme will significantly ease the demand for purpose-built student accommodation which persists in Dublin, whilst also delivering a building which reflects the planning officers’ vision for this exciting conservation and regeneration area.” “The scheme is conveniently located in the heart of the city centre, within easy reach of Trinity College Dublin and the Royal College of Surgeons and with excellent transport links that make it easily accessible to students from University College Dublin and City University.”

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Crosslane Student Developments Work begins on 614 bed student accommodation development in Coventry

Crosslane Student Developments, part of the Crosslane Group, is announcing that it has begun the construction of a new 614 bed purpose-built student accommodation development on Friars’ Road in Coventry. The development comprises six new residential blocks each at different stepped heights of three, seven and ten storeys, rising to a 20 storey tower in the south-west corner of the site. The building is laid out in a V-shape to form a large, private landscaped courtyard, within which residents can study, collaborate, socialise and relax. The site is located at the junction of Friars’ Road and St Patrick’s Road, within the Coventry Ring Road. It is in the south of the city centre, conveniently placed near the city’s most popular shopping locales including The Precinct, Smithford Way and Coventry Market, in addition to tourist attractions such as Coventry Cathedral and the famous statue of Lady Godiva. The site is a short walk from the main campus of Coventry University as well as being very close to the city’s mainline train station which offers regular bus services for students attending Warwick University. Students will be able to choose from one of the 135 high specification self-contained ensuite studio apartments, one of the 5 two bed apartments, or from the 459 premium ensuite flats, available in clusters from four to six bedrooms. The set-up encourages students to live in groups, make new friends and provide cultural opportunities as part of their university experience, as well as providing rooms at more affordable rent prices. Cluster flats will share a spacious lounge, kitchen and dining area including a washer/dryer, which has proved particularly popular in other properties Crosslane has developed. A key component of the development is the dedicated shared areas to encourage residents to socialise and create a community. This includes a large high-specification common room with a games zone and study hub, on-site gym, cinema/multi-media room, study room meeting hubs and kitchen/dining facilities for private entertainment. A tenth floor sky lounge and outdoor rooftop terrace will give residents the chance to socialise and celebrate in style with impressive views of the city skyline while superfast 100MB broadband and Wi-Fi throughout the building will provide residents with a first-class experience. The development will take less than two years to complete and is scheduled to be finished before the start of the 2019-2020 academic year. Prime Student Living, the student accommodation lettings and operational management arm of the Crosslane Group, will be responsible for achieving full occupancy prior to practical completion. Coventry University is one of the fastest growing universities in the UK, with this year’s student numbers eight per cent higher than 2016 and 50 per cent higher than in 2011. The increase in the student population has boosted the city’s economy and the City Council has committed to a £300million City Centre South redevelopment project. This development in a prime location will satisfy some of the rapidly increasing demand for student accommodation in Coventry, freeing up homes which could be occupied by the city’s families. Crosslane has appointed DAY Architectural as the architects and RG Group as the Main Contractor for the development. Mike Moran, Development Manager, Crosslane Student Developments, said: “Crosslane is delighted to have begun work on its first student accommodation development in Coventry. The scheme will be a gateway from the station into the heart of the city centre and is a short walk from Coventry University and the city’s main amenities and tourist attractions. In supplying 614 beds, the development will ease the imbalance in supply and demand for purpose-built student accommodation in Coventry.” Dave Dixon, Managing Director, RG Group, said: “As the main contractor for Friars’ Road, we are delighted to be working with Crosslane on this exciting scheme in Coventry, due to open in time for the 2019-2020 academic year. Our team has built up significant expertise in the student accommodation sector and the building will be completed to the highest modern construction standards and a great addition to Coventry’s skyline.”

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