Student accommodation in Dublin is regularly on the mind of anyone looking at third-level education in Ireland.
In 2013, the final implementation of EU regulations meant the removal of vast swathes of bedsit accommodation in the city.
In the longer term this is likely to lead to the building of more student-appropriate accommodation. In the short term, however, it has led to a shortage of suitable premises.
For this reason there’s been widespread interest in the release of the Binary Hub in Dublin’s Liberties by The Student Housing Company, with Bennett Construction.
On opening in September for the coming academic year, this sizeable Binary Hub city centre accommodation development features en-suite rooms, laundry facilities, on-site gym, study room and common room, fast wifi, bike storage, landscaped gardens, round-the- clock security and all-inclusive billing.
The promoters claim it is Dublin’s largest purpose- built student accommodation development. It is set to house 471 students in private apartments.
Each bedroom comes with an en-suite shower room, a small double bed and desk area. There is also a fully-fitted kitchen and living space in each apartment.
The inclusion of USB charging points, ample regular plug sockets and plenty of storage is aimed at satisfying students’ needs.
CEO of The Student Housing Company, Bob Crompton, describes Dublin as “a vibrant student city, which clearly requires more student housing.”
The site, which was acquired in November 2014, is one of a number of projects under way via Bennett Construction.
The Student Housing Company was set up in 2011 to develop purpose-built student accommodation in the UK and Europe.
To-date it has over 11,000 rooms with 2,549 operational student beds across six European cities.
Plans are under way to develop its offering in the capital over the next two years. It has acquired two further sites, planning to open further accommodation in 2017 and 2018. This will provide an extra 821 student beds in the city.
The Binary Hub complex is designed as ‘cluster apartments’ with between three and eight bedrooms each. The site, which is located on Bonham St, is in Dublin’s historic Liberties area, just across the Liffey from Smithfield.
It is an estimated 20-minute walk from Trinity College and six minutes from the National College of Art and Design.
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