More than 600 new student bed spaces will come on stream at NUIG in time for the start of the semester in September 2022 – bringing welcome relief to the high demand in the student housing market.
The university this week invited tenders for the design and construction contract to develop a new apartment complex at Corrib Village, the existing student accommodation village.
The estimated value of the contract is €60 million, excluding VAT, and its duration is for 38 months.
The plan is to develop a “commercially viable, modern, appealing and environmentally friendly student accommodation on campus”.
According to the tenders, it will be delivered on a phased basis.
The first phase requires immediate fit-out on July 1, 2021 for the start of the term that September. The second phase will be required for immediate fit-out on the June 1, 2022 to allow for adequate setup in advance of the new semester in September 2022.
The greenfield site for the development is north of the existing Corrib Village, between the Bioscience Research Building and the Park and Ride facility.
It will have 674 bed spaces in 125 apartments, in clusters of four to six en suite bedrooms with a communal living area in each apartment.
There will also be more communal areas, and facilities, service rooms, refuse storage and covered cycling storage facilities. It will be built in four blocks, with one block ranging from four to eight storeys tall, two blocks six storeys tall, and the remaining block four storeys.
The plan is for the development of courtyards, pedestrian access, vehicular access and drop-off and parking facilities for the less mobile. Vehicular access is through the existing Corrib Village access road.
The deadline for submission of interest in the tender is November 1, with a contractor to be appointed in the new year.