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Work Starts on 474-bed Belfast Scheme

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Work has begun on a 474-bedroom block of student flats located in the centre of Belfast.

According to building firm Gilbert-Ash the development at Great Patrick Street should be finished by the end of August 2018.

The development by Olympian Homes is estimated to cost around £37 million and is due to be finished ahead of the opening of Ulster University's new Belfast city centre campus.

In addition to the student accommodation, the site will also feature a ground level retail unit and a landscaped courtyard.

Managing Director of Gilbert-Ash, Ray Hutchinson, estimates the project will support 300 construction jobs over the next year and a half.

Olympian Homes already has experience in delivering student housing schemes having completed similar developments in London and Oxford.

Chief Executive Officer of Olympian Homes, Simon Murray-Twinn said the development will help to rejuvenate the area and bring life back into the city centre.

Mr Murry-Twinn also expects to secure the services of local contractors and suppliers for the job and will also help provide apprenticeship and youth training opportunities for the Northern Ireland community through various skills initiatives connected to the project.