Student Accommodation Development


Mortar Developments Limited and Sowden Retirement Fund


Nos. 27-31 Church Street, Dublin 7


March 2014 – August 2015


McCrossan O'Rourke Manning Architects

Photo Credit

3D Design Bureau


The site comprises strategically located, long-vacant, brownfield lands in Dublin City centre. The lands are close to several forms of high-frequency public transport provision, with significant street frontage to Church Street.
The lack of purpose-built student accommodation development in Dublin City has been to the forefront of issues facing Third Level Institutions and is recognised also by the Local Authority.
Mortar Developments is a specialist company focused on the procurement of high quality, professionally managed and affordable student accommodation. In this regard, Mortar Developments seeks to address this student housing shortfall somewhat by providing student accommodation, with ancillary facilities, on this site at Church Street.
The development permitted by An Bord Pleanála comprises, inter alia, student accommodation over Basement / Lower Ground Floor, Ground, First, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Floor Levels, comprising 32 No. ‘house’ units (ranging in size between 5 bedspace and 8 bedspace units) (212 No. bedrooms in total), together with ancillary student accommodation facilities, such as social space, gym (and associated changing areas), pool room, laundry room, management office etc. The development also included a Ground Floor Level café with ancillary takeaway at Ground Floor Level.

Our Role

Tom Phillips + Associates (TPA) were employed to provide town planning services to the client, working closely with the scheme Architects, McCrossan O’Rourke Manning Architects.
TPA provided strategic planning advice to the Applicant and Design Team and served as the Agent for the Planning Application and subsequent Appeal stages. TPA was also involved in public consultation with local residents, interested parties and Dublin City Councillors.

Planning Outcome

Planning permission was granted by An Bord Pleanála on 9th July 2015 following the lodgement of Third Party Appeals against Dublin City Council’s Notification of Decision to Grant Permission.