Temporary Aparthotel introduced as meanwhile use for Student Accommodation Building

Student Roost, owners and operators of a purpose-built student accommodation complex on Little Patrick Street, have announced  plans to temporarily repurpose a portion of the development as an aparthotel following  completion in summer 2020.  The development, located adjacent to the expanding Ulster University Belfast campus, proposes operating 62% of its rooms as an aparthotel on a meanwhile basis, following which it will return to sole provision of purpose-built student accommodation. 

The 430-bed development, Student Roost’s fourth in Belfast, was approved in 2018 to meet the growing demand for high-quality student accommodation close to Ulster University’s new city centre campus.  The plans are being presented as part of Student Roost’s commitment to developing an active building while construction continues at the new campus.

The latest proposal puts forward plans for seven floors of the new Student Roost to be let out as an aparthotel until the Ulster University campus is complete and students transition from its Jordanstown campus. The temporary aparthotel seeks to support the regeneration of the area while offering high quality serviced-accommodation for those visiting Belfast.

Stephen Rigby, Chief Investment Officer, Student Roost commented: “We look forward to continuing our growth in Belfast, a key market for us, as well as welcoming new residents who will be enrolled in the state-of-the-art Ulster University campus. As the university prepares to open its doors, Student Roost seeks to add vitality to the Little Patrick Street area by welcoming visitors to enjoy short-stays at the temporary aparthotel which occupies a portion of our new building. We look forward to introducing this meanwhile-use concept ahead of returning to our core business of meeting the growing demand for high quality student accommodation.”    

The 11-storey Student Roost comprises 430 beds in a mix of cluster and studio bedrooms. The most recent planning application proposal seeks to change the use of rooms located on floors 5-11 to serviced apartments for a short-term duration. All Student Roost properties have been designed to cater specifically to the needs of students, with benefits including free high-speed WiFi, all-inclusive utility bills, flexible payment terms, free contents insurance and 24-hour security.

Plans for repurposing the student accommodation as an aparthotel will be presented at the upcoming drop-in Pre-Application Community Consultation event on 7 November 2019, 3pm – 7pm at the Ramada Hotel, 20 Talbot Street, Belfast.

The apartments available as part of the Student Roost Aparthotel rental will be equipped with a self-contained kitchen, bathroom and living space. Situated in a convenient, city centre location, the Aparthotel will also offer spacious communal areas, a gym, and cinema room and theatre kitchen, making it a premier location for business travellers.

Philip Stinson, Director of the project’s planning consultants, Turley commented: “A temporary change of use for the proposed purpose-built student accommodation is a fitting solution to ensure these high-quality living quarters contribute to area’s regeneration in advance of the new Ulster University opening. Belfast continues to set itself apart as an educational landmark and attracts strong demand from students for residency options in close proximity to campuses and city amenities.”

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