UCC ‘Crow’s Nest’ Student Accommodation Cork


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New 255 Bedroom Student Accommodation at Victoria Cross for University College Cork’s Students.

University College Cork’s Crow’s Nest Student Accommodation development at Victoria Cross consists of 255 student bedrooms above a ground floor level wellness centre and café area. The development is comprised of 4 towers or blocks ascending from the first floor concourse area. The 4 blocks vary in height from 9 floors (approx. 36 metres) to 7 (approx. 28.5 metres) to create an interesting and alluring backdrop to the urban streetscape. The overall floor area of the development is 8,664.1m², comprising a net student area of 8,036m², ground floor Health and Wellbeing area of 462.4m², and a café area of 125.2m².

Each of the aforementioned towers consists of a number of student apartments, referred to as ‘clusters’. These clusters are composed of a central communal or ‘common’ area containing the kitchen and living room, and an adjacent entrance lobby with a number of en-suite bedrooms emanating from the lobby.

JV Tierney & Co. provided the Mechanical, Electrical and Sustainable Design Services for the project, including:

  • Primary heating and hot water system supplied from a central energy centre located on the ground floor.
  • Reduced Flow and Return Temperatures on the heating system in order to reduce the energy consumption on the primary thermal plant (Direct Weather Compensation).
  • Correct disposition of spaces within the building, locating spaces with high casual heat gains to the north facing façade where solar heat gains will be lower.
  • Efficient use of natural daylighting to reduce artificial lighting.
  • High Efficiency Mechanical Heat Recovery.
  • Natural ventilation to provide fresh air and ventilated cooling.
  • Automatic Controls for Heating & Cooling.
  • Automatic Controls for General Lighting, i.e. presence and absence detection.
  • High Efficiency LED Lighting.
  • Addressable emergency lighting system.
  • Low water content heating emitters.
  • Low water usage sanitary ware fixtures.
  • Minimising static heat losses with a building fabric which exceeds current building regulations.
  • Roof-level PV array designed to generate a portion of the electrical energy required on site.
  • Building Energy Management Systems (BEMS) coupled with metering of plant and heating water pipework services for optimum control of energy use.
  • Enhanced Air Tightness levels which exceed current building regulations.

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