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Gowan House LRD: c.1000 no. Student Accommodation Units Proposed in Dublin

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Malclose Limited has submitted a planning application to Dublin City Council for a major new large residential development (LRD) on Naas Road, Dublin 12. The proposal, seeking a 7-year permission, focuses predominantly on student accommodation units.

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The Gowan House LRD is set to provide 941 no. student accommodation bed spaces, distributed across two different blocks. The first block ranges from 2 to 15 storeys, while the second spans from 9 to 11 storeys, both situated above basement levels.

The student accommodation consists of 871 standard rooms, 47 accessible studio rooms, and 23 studios. These standard rooms will be organized into 123 clusters. Cluster sizes will range from 3 to 8 bed spaces, each having a communal living, kitchen, and dining area.

Landscape plan of the proposed development in Naas road, Dublin 12
Landscape plan of the proposed development in Naas road, Dublin 12

The outlined plans also encompass a variety of internal and external communal student facilities. This includes a dedicated cultural and community floor space, a cutting-edge digital hub, and a co-working space, all supported by an ancillary café and a separate retail unit spanning 250 sq.m. Adding to the aesthetic and functional appeal of the development are green open spaces and an elevated walkway above river Camac, both designed to enhance the living experience of the residents. In fact, the river Camac is a focus of this application. Currently underground, and not exposed, the river will be daylit (exposed) as part of the application and become an integral part of the proposed development. It is something that the planning authority was keen to see and have as part of the design of the scheme.

The development will require the demolition of an existing two-storey office/warehouse building and outbuilding to pave the way for this ambitious project. Additionally, infrastructural improvements are planned to facilitate better access to the site. Prioritizing sustainable transportation, the development will offer extensive bicycle storage options at the ground and lower ground levels and visitor cycle parking spaces.

3D Design Bureau was a key consultant on the project, collaborating closely with the design team and bringing our expertise in 3D design planning solutions to the forefront. The team produced a suite of high-quality architectural computer-generated images, accurate verified view montages, and a comprehensive daylight and sunlight assessment.

These elements were submitted as part of the planning application to Dublin City Council and are anticipated to be an integral element in securing permission for the construction of the scheme.

Student accommodation shortage in Ireland

The Gowan House LRD project can positively impact the local community, by contributing to the critically needed housing market. A recent market survey conducted by Cushman & Wakefield, and reported by the Irish Independent, highlights a considerable slowdown in the supply of student accommodation across Ireland. The survey reveals that less than 1,900 bed spaces, distributed across six developments, are currently under construction nationwide. In Dublin specifically, the construction is limited to just 513 bed spaces, divided among three projects.

The completion of this scheme could play an important role in addressing this shortage, significantly increasing the availability of student housing in Dublin.

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Full Project Details:

Project Name: €94m – Gowan House LRD, Dublin 12

Project Type: Large residential development (LRD)

Site Location: Gowan House, Carriglea Business Park, Naas Road, Dublin 12 D12 RCC4, Co. Dublin

Stage: Plans Submitted

Planning Documents: Planning Documents

Planning Authority: Dublin City Council

Reference for Planning: LRD6034/23-S3

Computer generated imagery of the proposed development in Naas Road, Dublin 12
Computer generated imagery of the proposed development Gowan House in Naas Road, Dublin 12

Development Team:

Promoter: Malclose Limited

Architect: HKR Architects is an international architecture and urban design practice, established in 1992, with offices in London, Dublin, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

Planning Consultant: Thornton O’Connor Town Planning is one of Ireland’s leading planning consultancies providing strategic, specialist and technical planning services to a wide range of clients. 

Mech & Elec Engineer: Delap & Waller has been providing market-leading engineering services for end-user Clients, Developers, Main Contractors and Design and Build / PPP Contractors.

Consulting Engineer: Barrett Mahony Consulting Engineers is an International Civil and Structural Engineering Consultancy Practice founded in Dublin in 1994.

Landscape Consultant: Stephen Diamond Associates is a progressive design-orientated landscape architecture consultancy based in Dublin.

Environmental Engineer: AWN Consulting Limited is a multidisciplinary consultancy offering specialist design advice in respect of a wide range of engineering and environmental disciplines.

CGI Consultants: 3D Design Bureau – are digital construction specialists, which offer premium level 3D services to the AEC industry, including high-quality 3D solutions for planning, marketing, BIM, and virtual tours. They are based in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin.

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