• 26 October 2020

New student accommodation facility on Dublin’s Drumcondra Road gets green light

Waterman Moylan is delighted that proposals for a new student accommodation facility on Lower Drumcondra Road have been granted planning permission.

Located in close proximity to DCU’s All Hallows and St Patricks campuses, 116 – 120 Lower Drumcondra Road will be redeveloped into a 122-bed, professionally managed student accommodation facility.

The completed facility will provide much needed bespoke accommodation for the large third-level student population in the area, all within easy walking distance of the nearby DCU learning institutes. Waterman Moylan provided all civil and transportation engineering advisory and design services for the project, supporting the successful planning application.

Ranging from three to five storeys, the new building will sit atop a single level basement. The scheme will provide residents with a games room, coffee dock, and common areas for use by the occupants at ground floor level, with accommodation provided on the levels above.

Lower Drumcondra Road is a key artery under the planned Bus Connects upgrades to the Dublin city bus network, linking the city to the M1 Dublin Belfast motorway and Dublin Airport, and the new facility’s access proposals were carefully considered to ensure successful integration with the future bus corridor restrictions. With maximising sustainability a key objective for the client, our drainage design incorporates green roof construction, rain gardens and permeable surfacing. Through close collaboration with the landscape architect, we were able to minimise the surface water run-off from the site into the public drainage system.

We are pleased to note that a Grant of Planning has been obtained from Dublin City Council for the project. An added benefit of the scheme is that the planning grant permits visitor or tourist lettings outside of the academic term periods, ensuring that it will continue to contribute to the enlivenment of the local area all year round.

Waterman Moylan’s Associate, Ian Worrell, said: “This was a challenging site because of its location on a key road corridor and I am very pleased our proposals were deemed by the planners to be an appropriate response to the challenges posed.”

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