UK-based construction engineering company Graham has been contracted to build a new purpose-built managed student accommodation (PBMSA) for Queen’s University in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

The 15-storey PBMSA project will comprise four, five and six-bedroom apartments alongside studio apartments.

Developed in line with the Passivhaus certification, the project includes 460 bedrooms, social areas, amenities and support facilities.

Graham Building North region managing director Gary Holmes stated: “As part of our commitment to social impact, we are implementing an employment and skills programme to support local unemployed residents into the industry.”

Construction is set to begin at Dublin Road, the first of three properties bought by the university in Belfast.

The university plans to invest up to £100m between 2024 and 2028 to meet the rising demand for student accommodation in Belfast.

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Queen’s University Students and Corporate Services vice-president Caroline Young stated: “We have been aware of and planning for a major increase in demand for student accommodation in recent years, and through this significant investment, we are ensuring we are prepared to respond effectively.

“There is a specific focus on the need for high-quality, affordable and safe housing options, in close proximity to Queen’s.”

Other Graham PBMSA projects in the UK are also under construction. These include Nelson Street in Belfast and iQ student accommodation on Bath Street in Glasgow, Scotland.