Stu­dent liv­ing spe­cial­ists Scape in €20m Dublin scheme

Irish Independent - Business Week - - COMMERCIAL PROPERTY - Ron­ald Quin­lan

UK-HEAD­QUAR­TERED stu­dent liv­ing spe­cial­ists, Scape, are set to take ad­van­tage of the mas­sive de­mand for ac­com­mo­da­tion be­ing gen­er­ated by Dublin’s uni­ver­si­ties and third-level in­sti­tu­tions fol­low­ing the €20m ac­quis­tion of a highly-prized site on Aungier Street.

As­sem­bled by its pre­vi­ous own­ers over a pe­riod of four years, the tri­an­gu­lar-shaped site is a com­pos­ite of no less than 17 dif­fer­ent prop­er­ties, and is bounded by Stephen Street Up­per to the north and Long­ford Street Great to the south. The site’s over­all value was en­hanced sig­nif­i­cantly fol­low­ing the re­ceipt of full plan­ning per­mis­sion from An Bord Pleanala (ABP) in Novem­ber 2016 for a mixed–use de­vel­op­ment with a 300-bed stu­dent ac­com­mo­da­tion com­plex at its core. The scheme is jointly de­signed by JSA Ar­chi­tects in Dublin and Stephen Mar­shall and As­so­ciates in Lon­don. Con­di­tions at­tached to the per­mis­sion in­clude the ar­chae­o­log­i­cal ex­ca­va­tion of the site to “pre­serve, record and pro­tect” po­ten­tial rem­nants of the me­dieval site prior to the com­mence­ment of con­struc­tion. The scheme will also see the restoration and con­ser­va­tion of three build­ings fronting onto Aungier Street.

Site clear­ance and pre­lim­i­nary works are due to com­mence shortly, with full con­struc­tion sched­uled to get un­der­way by Jan­uary 2018. Com­ple­tion of the scheme is ex­pected com­ple­tion by 2020.

Co-Founder & Ex­ec­u­tive Chair­man of Scape Nigel Taee said: “We very much look for- ward to be­com­ing a part of the lo­cal com­mu­nity in this his­toric part of Dublin and con­nect­ing our stu­dents with our other global sites and op­por­tu­ni­ties via the in­no­va­tive SCAPE app, myscape”

Scape cur­rently have 3,000 op­er­a­tional rooms in Lon­don, 5,000 rooms un­der con­struc­tion in Aus­tralia with fur­ther sites un­der­way in the USA.

Scape Liv­ing in Dublin will be rep­re­sented both by Scape di­rec­tor Ro­nan Kier­ans and by in­ter­na­tional con­sul­tant, Barry O’Brien.

The Ex­change Build­ing in the IFSC is due for com­ple­tion ahead of sched­ule on Septem­ber 28

An aerial view of the pro­posed Aungier Street stu­dent scheme

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