Student accommodation opposite UCD shut over fire safety concerns

Private student accommodation opposite University College Dublin (UCD) has been shut down after fire safety problems were detected in the building.

The 210-bed private Montrose residence operated by Aparto, was the former site of the Montrose Hotel, located opposite UCD’s main campus.

The residents located in Montrose have been relocated, and it is likely the student accommodation will be closed for the full academic year due to the extent of the remedial work required.

New and returning student residents were told by the private student accommodation provider Aparto, that the company had no option but to “immediately” suspend the use of the building.

The building was purchased by Aparto in 2017 and turned into student accommodation. The fire safety issues were only recently discovered, as the company began external work on the building. It is now likely to stay shut for the next 2020/2021 academic year.

Montrose residents were offered alternative accommodation at Binary Hub, Beckett House or Dorset Point, which are all complexes owned by Aparto in Dublin city centre.

Aparto released a statement saying: “This proactive decision taken by Aparto management, is due to a fire safety issue which emerged as a result of its own commissioned inspection and follow up assessment of the building, which was conducted in conjunction with ongoing renovation works.

“Aparto has apologized unreservedly to all those impacted by this decision while reiterating that the safety of residents and staff is a top priority.”

In a letter also sent to residents of Montrose, the company stated: “I know this is a huge imposition as you are due to move in shortly – and I want to apologise sincerely for this disruption – but the safety of our residents and staff has to be our number one priority and we therefore see no option but to take this decision.”

Shauna Burdis

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