PBSA Little Victoria Street / Bruce Street, Belfast

Belfast was the last major University city in the UK to adopt the Purpose Build Student Accommodation (PBSA) model and requirements from both local and international students continues to grow.

This scheme brought forward for developers MRP and a major operator in the UK PBSA market, contains a mix of cluster units and individual studios.

The long and narrow site presented particular challenges to develop  an efficient layout for the operator, but also in getting enough unit numbers into the development to ensure viability.

The proposal offers a vision for a new residential community in the centre of Belfast. Located in the heart of the city centre, residents will have excellent access to local amenities and transport links.

This impressive development is comprised of two residential buildings arranged over 11 storeys and 5 storeys.

Providing a range of high quality apartments for city centre living, the development will provide a mix of 1, 2 and 3 bed apartments; ensuring that it caters towards different groups of people.

Services are located at ground, with internal and external amenities spread at various levels across the building. Parking reserved to disabled users is located at ground level.

The internal amenities include a hub space at the ground for relaxing, socialising and working, and a small gym at 1st floor.

The external amenity is split across various levels and locations throughout the development, providing residents with a variety of options depending on the external conditions.


  • Client

    McAleer & Rushe

  • Locations


  • Role

    Architect / Lead Consultant

  • Procurement

    Design and Build

  • Stage