Baile na Breacoige (Dunlin Village), the new Student Accommodation at the University of Galway, was officially opened this week by Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further & Higher Education, Research, Innovation & Science. The residence first opened its doors in September to welcome students for the current academic year. The purpose-built, on-campus residence represents the second of a two-phase project, joining Baile an Chiorbhui (Goldcrest Village, consisting of 429 en-suited bedrooms) which was opened back in 2018.
The development is located on the northern quarter of the University campus, with 674 en-suite bedrooms across four individual blocks. Block A is eight stories high and consists of 124 bedrooms across 23 apartments, running parallel to the River Corrib with views over the river, the city and Galway Bay. Blocks B/C/D comprise a total of 550 en-suite bedrooms, all of which are positioned in separate u-shaped layouts to maximise natural daylight. Communal facilities, meeting space, collaboration zones and a 24-reception were also included in the design.
JVT provided the Mechanical, Electrical, & Sustainable Design on the project as part of a Design Team led by COADY Architects, with construction carried out by the Galway-based JJ Rhatigan & Company.
The development is NZEB compliant and BER A3 rated, with sustainable and energy-efficient design features such as LED lighting, Photovoltaics, A & A+ Green Materials, Air Source Heat Pumps, an advanced Continuous Mechanical Extract Ventilation (CMEV) system to improve occupant comfort and air quality, a Building Energy Management System (BEMS), and high levels of airtightness and insulation. The development is also BREEAM design stage certified with a ‘Very Good’ rating.
The new development represents the University’s commitment to providing its students with a state-of-the-art living and learning experience, particularly during a time when the demand is often higher than the supply. JVT are proud to have played a part in the provision of this flagship project including the phase 1 Goldcrest Village development in 2018 and would like to congratulate the University of Galway, Ireland & COADY Architects and the Design and Construction Teams.