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High-life for students with luxury flats plan

THE dingy student flat will be put firmly in the past if a major new development gets the go-ahead. The scheme would see more than 300 high-quality rooms being built in Sir John Rogerson's Quay in Dublin's Docklands.

Student accommodation specialists Urbanest UK, which has a number of similar projects in London, is set to lodge the application.

Dublin City Council has been given notification of the company's intention to apply for permission for the site next to the Liffey. The land is bounded by Sir John Rogerson's Quay, Creighton Street and Windmill Lane.



Urbanest wants to demolish the buildings on the site – with the exception of the protected structures at Nos 4 and 5 on the quay – and construct a mixed use scheme.

The plans make provision for 313 student bedrooms in total as part of a massive communal living development, which will also incorporate balconies and terraces on the buildings.

The accommodation would be contained in a series of buildings – ranging in height from three to seven storeys – located beside the former Windmill Lane studios where U2 recorded their first three albums.

Urbanest operate managed student accommodation in London, where residents are allocated their own room but share living and dining facilities if they choose.

Unlike the stereotypical student flat, Urbanest schemes are built to a high-quality specification, it says.

If the Sir John Rogerson's Quay project is approved, students in Dublin can look forward to under-floor heating, spacious study areas and high-speed broadband.

Students can choose either private or shared fully equipped kitchens.

As in London, the Dublin scheme would provide residents with views of the city and an accommodation team to assist residents in their daily lives.

A communal lounge with a TV, table tennis and other activities would also be developed.

It's a far cry from the grotty student bedsit.

In a recent survey, Dublin City Council found that more than 90pc of the flats that it inspected were deemed unfit for habitation.

The targeted investigation of just under 1,500 flats found that almost 1,400 did not meet the minimum legal standards for private rented accommodation.

Landlords were served with 1,544 notices to improve their flats.