Plans to reveal the proposed redevelopment of St Patrick’s halls of residence have been postponed, The Spark can reveal.
Originally the date to reveal the much anticipated building plans was set to Wednesday 11 December from 6 to 8.30pm.
The postponement comes after the original planning application, submitted in June of last year, was refused due to plans to demolish the historic ‘Biggles’ building.
Working in partnership with the University Partnerships Programme (UPP) the university have been working on the plans for the redevelopment for the past two years.
The controversial redevelopment is expected to bring the number of rooms from 300 up to over 1,000.
Speaking in 2015 Sir David Bell, Vice-Chancellor, said, “This is the exciting next stage in the modernisation and refurbishment of our halls.
“Future students of St Patrick’s will have top-class facilities, all up to the best environmental standards.”
“The proposed redevelopment will enable us to meet rising demand for places and university-owned accommodation next to the main campus, whilst the range of accommodation types will mean that all budgets are catered for.” “We will be working closely with the local community, staff and students over the coming weeks to ensure we get our plans absolutely right.”
A spokesman announced this week, “The University and its long-term partner, University Partnerships Programme (UPP), are still finalising the proposed plans for the site and we look forward to presenting the updated plans when they are ready.
“We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.”