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Competition: Student residences, University of Limerick

University of Limerick
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The University of Limerick is seeking a design team for a 500-unit student accommodation scheme

The contract is worth around £2.5 million and divided into six lots covering architecture, project management, civil and structural engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering, quantity surveying and landscape architecture. It will deliver two separate accommodation blocks on the university’s main campus.

The project, backed by Plassey Campus Developments, will deliver a standalone 300-bed hall and another 200-bed residence building. The latter will provide four-star hotel accommodation during the summer months.

The university says the project will use either a Design and Build or a traditional procurement route, with a decision likely to be made following  the design team’s appointment.

In its brief it says: the design ‘will be of the highest quality, environmentally sustainable and create an exciting student living environment. The accommodation will also provide services which are consistent with a healthy approach to living, eg gym facilities or restrictive lift access to encourage use of stairs.’

Founded in 1972, the University of Limerick was founded in 1972 and occupies a 138ha campus on the banks of the River Shannon, 5km east of the city centre. It has around 13,500 students and features five on-campus student accommodation ‘villages’.

The latest project comes five years after Grafton Architects’ new medical school (pictured) for the university was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize. More recent schemes on the campus include a landmark new student centre, due to complete in 2020.

The new student residences will occupy two yet-to-be-confirmed separate sites within the university’s main campus. One building will feature 200 bedrooms including units for faculty staff along with studios and en-suites.

The second building is aimed at providing a low-cost option for students. It will feature 300 bedrooms arranged in apartments where between four and six units share social spaces. The buildings are planned to complete in 2022.

The deadline for applications is midday, 14 March.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

Cliona Donnellan
University of Limerick

Tel: +353 61202496
Email: cliona.donnellan@ul.ie
Fax: +353 61202416

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