UL seeking design team for 500 bed student accommodation development

Jess Casey

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Jess Casey

UL seeking design team for 500 bed student accommodation development

THE UNIVERSITY of Limerick is seeking a design team to deliver a new 500-bed student accommodation development worth some €2.5 million. 

Backed by Plassey Campus Developments, the project expects to deliver two blocks of on-campus accommodation for UL, including a 300-bed building and another 200-bed residence building to also include staff facilites. 

The University currently has six residential student accomodation ‘villages’ with 2,700 rooms. 

These include  Plassey Village, Kilmurray Village, Cappavilla Village, Thomond Village, and Drumroe Village. 

The University is currently seeking a high quality design that incorporates environmental sustainability with an exciting student atmosphere. 

The accommodation should also provide services which are consistent with a healthy approach to living, such as gym facilities or by encouraging the use of stairs.  

The contract is divided into six lots including architecture, project management, civil and structural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, quantity surveying and landscape architecture. 

One building will feature 300 bedrooms arranged in apartments with shared social spaces. 

The other building will feature 200 beds, aiming to act as a lower-cost option for students, as well as units and studios for staff.

The projects are expected to be carried out on campus: However, the exact location of the future student accommodation has yet to be confirmed.

The project is expected to be completed within the next five years by 2022. 

Interested applicants have until March 14 to apply. 

Work on a new Student Centre for the University, including ‘hang out’ space and outdoor gathering, relaxation and activity areas, venue and student union offices, games areas and student services, is also expected to be completed in 2020. 

The design of the Student Centre was recently approved by UL’s Governing Authority and the project has now been submitted to Limerick City and County Council for planning approval. The new centre will comprise of a three story, 3,529 square metre building and will be in a prime front of house location adjacent to the Stables Complex and the Library.