Goldcrest Village, NUI Galway, Student Accommodation



National University of Ireland, Galway


Coady Partnership Architects


€26.5 million


Beds: 429

This state-of-the-art 429-bed student residence was constructed to the north of the NUI Galway city centre campus, adjacent the Lifecourse Science Building and the Science Research Building. This student accommodation is bound by the residential homes along Newcastle Road as well as the the existing Corrib Village student accommodation.

One challenging aspect of the project was working in a live university campus and residential area. Constant vigilance was required when plant and trucks were operating on the roadway parallel to the site and the project management team ensured the residents and students were never disrupted by our construction work.

This project involved the design, build and fit-out of four multi-storey accommodation blocks set around landscaped courtyards. There are 76 apartments in total, all with communal living areas and made up of 4, 5, and 6 bedroom apartment types. Further communal areas & facilities, ancillary office/reception accommodation, internal plant/ service rooms, refuse storage and covered cycle storage facilities are also provided to serve the entire development.

We redesigned the main structural frame for all four blocks from a traditional concrete block, steel and concrete frame to a complete precast concrete solution. This change, along with ensuite bathroom pods enabled us to provide more programme certainty to the Client and a more efficient build overall. The development also includes accommodation and parking facilities for the less mobile.

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" One of the largest Capital Projects delivered on campus and indeed recently in the city, JJ Rhatigan & Company managed and delivered this important project within a very tight timeframe. Completion for the start of this academic year was critical to ensure the provision of much needed housing for our student body. Its completion was a significant milestone. The JJR team worked diligently on a seven-day schedule for the final 6-8 weeks and the on-site management are to be strongly commended for their cooperativeness and flexibility throughout. "

Ann Duggan - Director Commercial Services, Goldcrest Village Student Accommodation

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