Approved under fast-track planning, the 657 apartments will be spread across 9 housing blocks, spanning in height from 5 to 9 storeys.
Galway will be welcoming almost 400 new student beds with the introduction of Westwood Student Accommodation located on the site of the former Westwood Hotel in Dangan, Galway City. The student scheme is situated within a 10-minute walk of NUI Galway.
The new facility features 394 student beds which is spread over 5 separate blocks varying in height from 3 to 5 storeys. The accommodation includes 23 four-bed apartments, 1 five-bed apartment, 1 six-bed apartments, 13 seven-bed units and 25 eight-bed units
Prospective students will have access to on-site amenities such as a café, social spaces, gaming zones, study areas, outdoor seating and three courtyard garden areas. A total of 24 car spaces and 140 bicycle storage are available to tenants.
The complex will be used as visitor or tourist accommodation on a temporary basis outside of academic term times.
CGI consultants, 3D Design Bureau, liaised with the development team to construct a series of 3D planning and 3D marketing solutions. 3D Design Bureau produced verified view montages, architectural CGIs and interior CGIs which were submitted as part of the planning application to An Bord Pleanála. The visuals are now being used for marketing purposes with national media covering the project.
Full Project Details:
Project name: Westwood Student Accommodation, Galway.
Site location: Westwood Hotel Site, Dangan, Upper Newcastle, Galway City
Stage: On site
Floor area: 12.112 m2
Site area: 0.88 hectares
Storeys: 3 to 5
Student beds: 384
Car parking: 24
Developer: GSA (Global Student Accommodation) operates in all the major university learning areas in the world.
Promotor: Mezzino are now based in 9 major cities across the UK & Ireland. Mezzino provide luxury and budget student homes to suit all tastes.
Architect: Coady Partnership Architects is an award-winning practice of highly skilled professionals, specialising in Healthcare, Residential, Workplace and Education design. They have offices in Dublin and Galway.
Project Manager & Quantity Surveyor: Mitchell | McDermott is an independent firm of Construction Consultants founded by Paul Mitchell and Anthony McDermott. Paul and Anthony were previously directors in a global construction consultancy business working in the Irish market. They are based in Dublin 4, Ireland.
Planning Consultant: MKO provide services to private sector clients cross a wide range of industries, including energy, construction, transport, tourism, commercial and residential development, education, healthcare, waste management and leisure. They are based in Galway, Ireland.
Mech & Elec Engineer: ETHOS Engineering provide a broad range of design and construction experience combined with commitment to efficient and creative structural design will yield benefits to all phases of projects.
Consulting Engineer: CS Consulting Group is a group of civil and structural engineers based in Dublin, Limerick and London.
Landscape Consultant: Doyle + O’Troithigh have over 25 years’ experience with a number of Ireland’s largest landscape architectural practices. They have a considerable working knowledge in all aspects of landscape architecture, from inception design to on-site project management.
Landscape Consultant: Arborist Associates Limited are based in Wicklow, Ireland.
Environmental Engineer: AWN Consulting Limited is a multidisciplinary consultancy offering specialist design advice, expert witness and litigation support in respect of a wide range of engineering and environmental disciplines. They are based in Dubin 17.
Main Contractors: BAM Contractors Limited is the largest multinational construction business operating nationally with expertise and experience in the delivery of many of Ireland’s flagship infrastructural and building projects. They have offices in Kildare, Cork, and Galway.
CGI consultants: 3D Design Bureau are specialists in architectural visualisation, BIM and VR – delivering quality design planning and marketing solutions. For this project 3D Design Bureau created a series of verified view montages, interior CGIs and architectural CGIs which are being used for planning, marketing and design.