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Student Accommodation College Square East, Belfast

This Design and Build project involved the refurbishment of the old BIFHE Building, at College Square East, in the heart of Belfast.

The building itself is listed and now houses 414 new student accommodation units. The works were carried out over the 5 existing floors with 3 new additional floors added.

Mechanical Services installation involved connection of all Sanitary Ware within the En-suites, which were designed in a Pod like structure for easy installation & connection. Heat Interface units were supplied in each room for both heating & hot water, thereby ensuring minimum possible return temperature on the system.

A complete new access control system was installed including electrically operated doors on the ground floor level and wireless operated doors for Studios, Bedrooms, Corridors and Stores. The Access Control has been linked to the fire alarm and in the case of a fire, the doors will release. All students require access control cards to enter/exit this building which gives the new occupants safe and secure accommodation.

Overall this project was successfully completed on time, to budget and to the highest quality and really is “Fresh Student Living”.


Main Contractor

O'Hare McGovern Limited
Carnbane House
Shepherds Way
BT35 6EE

M&E Consultant

Carpenter Davies Partnership
53 High Street
LL16 3SD


Hamilton Architects
Hamilton House
3 Joy Street