Library Street Student Accommodation

Student Accommodation development
Including Retail, Food & Beverage use

Library Street, BT1 2JE

About Library Street Student Accommodation

The development site currently comprises a vacant brownfield site at lands bounded by Library Street (to south); Stephen Street (to west); Little Donegall Street (to north); and Union Street (to east).


Library Street at one time was known as Mustard Street and was named so from Richard Calwell & Co’s works which were ‘for the manufacture of Flour of Mustard’. The site previously comprised of industrial buildings and also residential dwellings. There were originally around eighty houses which were small and occupied in 1861 by tobacco spinners, a blacksmith and people like Mary Neil, a ‘mangler’. Many of the houses were demolished around 1890 to allow the street to be redeveloped mainly for warehouses and industrial purposes, at which time it was renamed Library Street, from the new Public Library on nearby Royal Avenue. As industry declined the industrial buildings were demolished with the last remaining buildings demolished around 2016. A section of the site served as a public car park whilst the sections of the site along Library Street and Stephen Street remained derelict for a number of years.


In March 2008, Straben Developments Ltd submitted a planning application (Z/2008/0655/F) proposing a mixed use development comprising of 253 no. apartments, retail units and associated basement car parking. This application was approved in June 2009.


In June 2015, Northside Regeneration Ltd (a partnership by Benmore Group and Balfour Beatty) submitted a planning application (LA04/2015/0577/O) proposing a mixed use regeneration scheme comprising community, residential, commercial, local retail, leisure and managed student accommodation uses and areas of public realm. This £300m redevelopment project was known as Northside and focused on an area between Royal Avenue and the Westlink. Northside Regeneration Ltd were selected by the Department for Social Development (DSD) to deliver the project in 2014. However, in 2016, the Department for Social Development (DSD) pulled out, saying developers "should no longer benefit from the potential use of the department's statutory powers". This was due to the project being refused outline planning permission in January 2016.


In February 2022, Mandeville Developments NI Ltd submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (LA04/2022/0541/PAN) proposing the erection of a Purpose Built Managed Student Accommodation (PBMSA) development comprising up to 800 units with communal facilities, internal amenity courtyard, cycle stores and active ground floor uses including cafe and retail.


In June 2022, Mandeville Developments NI Ltd submitted a planning application (LA04/2022/1284/F) proposing the erection of a Purpose Built Managed Student Accommodation (PBMSA) development comprising 862 units with additional use of accommodation by further or higher education institutions outside term time, communal facilities, internal amenity courtyard, cycle stores, active ground floor uses including cafe and retail, and associated bin stores and plant and public realm improvements to surrounding footpaths.

Project Information

Units

862

Floors

11

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