Queen’s secures planning to build Ireland’s largest eco PBSA

Queen's University secures planning for Northern Ireland’s first Passivhaus purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) scheme.

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CGI of Queen's Univerity's new student accommodation development.

Queen’s University secures planning permission from Belfast City Council planning committee to build Belfast’s first certified Passivhaus PBSA scheme, which is also the largest certified Passivhaus project on the island of Ireland.

Passivhaus certification is a globally recognised standard whereby very little energy is used for heating and cooling, making the building ultra-low emission.

The new PBSA development will deliver 459 student units, adding to Queen’s 3,500 beds across the city that it currently owns and manages.

“This site marks an important part of our longer-term accommodation plan to meet growing demand. This site will not only positively impact the economy for the foreseeable future in terms of job creation and the transformation of the area, but also in the long-term with the impact expected to be seen for generations of students to come.”

Caroline Young, Vice-President of Students and Corporate Services, Queen’s University Belfast

Northern Ireland’s Higher Education providers estimate that approximately 6,000 additional student beds are needed across the city in forthcoming years. 3,000 beds are estimated to be required over the next five years for Queen’s students alone. This aligns with the increase in demand for high quality student accommodation.

A recent report by London Economics highlighted that Queen’s university’s impact on the economy is £3.2bn, driving economic growth in the region and beyond. The university currently has over 24,000 students and almost 5,000 staff.

“We have seen a huge demand for student accommodation in recent years. This site will help us in part to meet the demand for quality student accommodation while working towards our Strategy 2030, which has sustainability at its core.

“The site at Dublin Road will house up to 459 students, offering the first ultra-low emission multi-occupancy building in the city centre. We are delighted to be at the forefront of such a significant milestone for sustainable development in Belfast and beyond, which resonates with the Belfast City Council’s aim to future proof the city for generations to come.

“We are committed to achieving our ambitious net zero target for 2040 whilst providing the best student experience, not least by continuing to offer high quality accommodation at one of the best values across the UK.”

Caroline Young, Vice-President of Students and Corporate Services, Queen’s University Belfast