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Dublin City Council Approves Conversion Of Dublin 7 Student Accommodation Facility Into Tourist Accommodation Facility

Published on Aug 10 2021 8:33 AM in Hotel tagged: Trending Posts / Uninest

Dublin City Council Approves Conversion Of Dublin 7 Student Accommodation Facility Into Tourist Accommodation Facility

Student accommodation provider Uninest has received permission to convert Ardcairn House in Dublin 7, which contains 571 student accommodation beds, into a tourist accommodation facility for temporary...

Student accommodation provider Uninest has received permission to convert Ardcairn House in Dublin 7, which contains 571 student accommodation beds, into a tourist accommodation facility for temporary ancillary usage for the 2021/2022 academic year.

As reported by The Business Post, Dublin City Council has now granted Uninest permission to operate the student accommodation at Ardcairn House as tourist accommodation until May 31, 2022, and the principal permitted use of the site as student accommodation will remain during this period.

The application was reportedly submitted in June of this year by TSAF 1 Brunswick GP Limited, which is a property holding and leasing company that is owned by the UK-based ultimate parent company of Uninest, Global Student Accommodation Group Limited.

Pandemic Impact On Demand For Student Accommodation

In accompanying documentation, The Business Post quotes Declan Brassil & Company, acting on behalf of Uninest, as saying that the application was sought on the basis of "the continuing impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on international and domestic demand for student accommodation, the consequential under-utilisation of the application resource, and the opportunity presented to make attractive and affordable accommodation available in the inner-city area".

The Business Post quotes Uninest as saying, "While domestic students may benefit from a tentative increase in on-campus learning, it is anticipated that this would primarily occur in the latter half of the academic year based on vaccination roll-out to the younger student population base."

Previous Objections

The news follows news from August of 2020 that Uninest was seeking permission to convert a number of its buildings in Dublin into temporary hotels as well as subsequent news that Marriott International's Aloft hotel brand and members of the Labour Party had objected to the student accommodation provider's proposal to offer student accommodation in Dublin to tourists.

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) has also objected to student accommodation being used as tourist accommodation in recent years, most recently reportedly arguing that the ancillary usage puts undue pressure on the already pandemic-impacted tourism industry.

© 2021 Hospitality Ireland – your source for the latest industry news. Article by Dave Simpson. Click subscribe to sign up for the Hospitality Ireland print edition.

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