A NEW student accommodation development at University of Limerick is set to include a four-star hotel on campus.
The development would include the 200-bedroom hotel — which would be used for leisure and corporate guests during the summer holidays — as well as additional student residential accommodation, according to a report in the Irish Times.
The entire development aims to increase the on-campus student accommodation offering by 500 beds. There are already 2,600 students accommodated across the six residential villages on the university campus.
The hotel would be used for students throughout the academic year, changing to accommodate visitors to Limerick between May and August. With this in mind, hotel facilities such as a breakfast room are due to be included in the plans. It would be developed in a way that would make it easy to reconfigure, to deliver a four-star hotel service in summer.
According to the report, the development could be located on two separate sites on the UL campus.
The campus' proximity to the National Technology Park, in which thousands of people are employed across dozens of multinational corporations, would be seen as a bonus in attracting corporate visitors.
Separately, the remaining 300 bedrooms planned would be provided in student apartments with shared living and social spaces. They are expected to come in four-bedroom and six-bedroom flats as standard.
The university is said to be planning for 100 out of these 300 bed spaces to be developed as a low-cost option for students. The cheaper bedrooms could forgo an en-suite bathroom to reduce the rental price.
“The university has been to the forefront in development of first-class on-campus student accommodation and this development, when completed, will provide for future growth in the student population at University of Limerick,” said a spokesperson for the university.
“A request for tender to appoint a design team for a new student residences development has been issued. The RTF is for design team appointment only, therefore the cost of development is not available at this time nor is there yet a timetable for delivery.”
After the design is finalised, the project will move to the planning stages.