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McAleer & Rushe accommodation scheme gets go ahead


Leading developer, McAleer & Rushe, has been given planning permission by Belfast City Council to develop a 740 bed scheme on College Avenue.

This follows the company being granted planning permission by the Council earlier this year to develop 476 student bedrooms in McClintock Street.  The Tyrone and London based developer will deliver the purpose-built student accommodation for Queen’s University Belfast, with a completion date of summer 2018.

The latest approved project, will bring hundreds of jobs to the city and is a major boost for the local economy. The new accommodation will be wholly owned and operated by Queen’s and will follow the successful model already in place at the Elms Student Village.

Queen’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston said: “As an anchor institution in the city, this substantial investment again demonstrates the commitment of Queen’s to the development of Belfast as a learning city.  The continued growth of the University, and Belfast, is critical to the success of the knowledge economy.”  

“As part of our ambitious plans for growth, this much needed student accommodation, within walking distance of Queen’s, city centre amenities and transport links, will ensure that the University continues to attract the brightest local, national and international students to study in Belfast.”

McAleer & Rushe has rapidly attained a reputation of excellence in the development and construction of student housing in the UK and Ireland. It is well on target to deliver 7,500 student bedrooms, within just five years of entering the student sector. It is currently working on a number of major schemes across the UK for leading student housing providers such as Unite and Knightsbridge.


Photo Caption: Photographed at the McClintock Street site in Belfast, where McAleer & Rushe will develop 476 student bedrooms for Queen's University are: Queen's University's Vice-Chancellor, Professor Patrick Johnston (centre) and Director of Finance, Wendy Galbraith and McAleer & Rushe's Chief Executive, Eamon Laverty.

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