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GRAHAM celebrates topping out at LIV Student complex

GRAHAM celebrates topping out at the LIV Student Belfast complex, marking the milestone with a ceremony.

GRAHAM has reached a major milestone in the construction of the LIV Student Belfast complex, marking the occasion with a topping out ceremony. GRAHAM was appointed by Valeo to deliver the complex in April 2019 following a competitive tendering process. The development – at 81-107 York Street in Belfast – is scheduled for completion in September 2021. 

The scheme will range from 12 to 14 storeys high and will include 576 en-suite bedrooms and 141 studios, shared communal areas and kitchens, retail units, a ground floor car park and landscaped courtyard areas. 

“It’s a tremendous achievement for our team, in partnership with Valeo, to have reached the topping out milestone. The quality of the build to this point has been exceptional, and I’m confident the prospective students who will come to live and study within the high-end complex will be impressed by the exemplar design, and the innovative incorporation of internal and external communal space. 

“We’re proud to be working alongside Valeo to realise its vision of developing these contemporary residences that will enhance the wellbeing of students and help to transform their learning experience.” 

Jonathan Hall, Regional Managing Director, GRAHAM 

LIV Student Belfast is set to offer a unique and refreshing approach to student living – and will support the new Ulster University campus in the city centre. Groundworks for the £35.9m scheme began in July 2019. Over 10,000m3 of concrete has been poured since the project started, while a range of water conservation measures, such as reusing water to make more concrete in a closed loop, have been successfully introduced. 

“We’re thrilled to support Ulster University’s exciting new campus and address the city’s need for high quality homes for a new generation of Ulster’s students. LIV Student Belfast is the next generation of student accommodation, purpose-built with great amenities and designed to improve their overall student experience. 

“I’m delighted with the progress of LIV Student Belfast; [the] topping out ceremony is a significant landmark in the construction of this exceptional building and an exciting new step for LIV Student.” 

John Kenny, Chief Executive, Valeo Management Europe (owners and operators of LIV Student) 

LIV Student Belfast is one of a few major projects that GRAHAM is completing in Belfast city centre – with a 35,000 sq ft refurbishment and fit out of Eagle Star House, a short distance from Belfast City Hall.

GRAHAM has also recently completed another scheme in Belfast city – the Little Patrick Street student accommodation – an 11-storey purpose-built student accommodation scheme with 430 beds in a mix of cluster and studio bedrooms. 

GRAHAM’s student residential portfolio is expanding in England and Scotland. Notably, the University of York project – a £130m scheme delivering nearly 1,500 high-specification student residential units and associated modern communal space exemplifies its expertise in this market.

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