A €40 million development which will provide accommodation for 500 students in Dublin’s Liberties area was announced last week.
The development, which will also include the creation of over 10,000 square feet of office space, will be based in the Digital Hub, a centre for digital-based enterprises.
The project will be directed by London-based Knightsbridge Student Housing and will see part of a 19th century Guinness grain store converted into units for students at Dublin third-level colleges such as Trinity College, DIT and DCU.
The accommodation will be in two blocks up to 10 storeys high on a 1.2 acre site in Bonham Street in the south inner city.
Minister for Communications Pat Rabbitte announced the expansion plan, which is being supported by the Digital Hub Development Agency and is part of the Government’s Action Plan for Jobs programme.
When speaking about the details of the project, Edel Flynn, Chief Executive Officer of the Digital Hub Development Authority, said: “in the short term, the development will bring much-needed investment and employment to this area.
“In the longer term, it will see Dublin 8 animated by the presence of more digital entrepreneurs and workers, and hundreds of third-level students.”
Planning permission has already been secured for the development and construction is set to begin in August. It is expected that the facility will be open for the new academic year in September 2016.
Lisa Marie O’Donnell
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