Fairgreen Student Accommodation





Coady Architects

Project Manager


Main Contractor


Quantity Surveyor


Civil Structural Engineers

John Britton Engineers

Project Size

153 Beds / 6,000sq.m

Project Status

Complete September 2020

Project Description

From Here, Student Accommodation, Fairgreen Road is a 153-bed managed student accommodation located in Galway city centre. The 5-story scheme consists of a mix of 3, 4, 5 & 6-bed apartments as well as open-plan studios - all constructed over the existing Galway Coach Station on Fairgreen Road. This represents the completion of a previously unfinished development and the bringing back into use a derelict site.

With its close proximity to the regional bus depot, the development is served by excellent transport links and provides easy walking distance to the city’s University and third-level colleges. Accommodation consists of 129 individual student bedrooms arranged in 34 accommodation clusters and 24 number studio rooms, providing a total of 153 no. bed spaces. The development also comprises an internal/central landscaped courtyard and provides communal social and study spaces for residents. 60 No. covered cycle spaces will be provided at mezzanine level and there are 24No. parking spaces are associated with the development.

Ethos Input

Ethos Engineering was enlisted to deliver full Mechanical, Electrical, and Sustainability design input for this development. Additionally, we provided site monitoring for the development to ensure that the project was delivered to the highest standards, in line with the design as well as statutory requirements, and to exceed client expectations

Unique / Key Features

Ethos Sustainability provide BREEAM AP services, in addition to Part L Compliance modeling

Project Achieved BREEAM Very Good (***) rating

Energy Reduction  - A3 BER (Building Energy Rating)

25% reduction in Water Use

Ethos service included an embodied carbon study (Life Cycle Assessment) to ensure the specification and use of sustainable low-carbon materials.

Expertise helped identify ways to achieve BREEAM rating i.e. 95% diversion from landfill.

Full commissioning to maximise efficiency of HVAC systems

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