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Breaking Ground on Ireland’s Largest Passive House Student Accommodation

MosArt are thrilled to announce that planning has been granted for the largest Passive House student accommodation on the island of Ireland. We are proud to be the appointed Passive House Certifiers on this groundbreaking project. This 459-unit development at Queen’s University Belfast is set to become a pioneering example of sustainable student housing.

A Landmark in Sustainable Student Housing

This project will be the first Passive House Purpose Built Student Accommodation (PBSA) in Belfast. This approach significantly reduces emissions, offers unparralleld comfort and indoor air quality making it a model for future developments. The creation of this transformative and sustainable living space highlights our commitment to environmental excellence.

Meeting the Growing Demand for Quality Accommodation

Queen’s University Belfast, with over 24,000 students, currently manages more than 3,500 beds across the city. However, the demand for student accommodation continues to rise, with an estimated need for an additional 3,000 rooms over the next five years. This new development will help meet this demand, providing high-quality, sustainable housing for students.

Caroline Young, Vice-President of Students and Corporate Services at Queen’s, emphasised the significance of this project: “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.”

Commitment to Net Zero by 2040

This project is a key part of Queen’s University’s ambitious net zero target for 2040. The new site on Dublin Road will house up to 459 students in an ultra-low emission building, embodying the university’s commitment to sustainability and aligning with Belfast City Council’s goal to future-proof the city.

Economic and Environmental Impact

The economic impact of Queen’s University on the region is substantial, contributing £3.2 billion annually. The new Passive House student accommodation will further stimulate economic growth by creating jobs and transforming the area. Caroline Young noted, “This site marks an important part of our longer-term accommodation plan to meet growing demand. It will positively impact the economy and the environment for generations of students to come.”

A Milestone in Sustainable Development

We are delighted to be at the forefront of such a significant milestone for sustainable development in Belfast and beyond. This project not only meets the growing demand for student accommodation but also underscores our shared commitment to building a sustainable future. At MosArt, we are proud to support Queen’s University Belfast in this transformative journey.

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