Brisbane CBD’s latest purpose-built student accommodation, Iglu Brisbane City, has opened its doors with more than 250 students from more than 20 countries already moving in.
It follows confirmation from the Queensland Government that the building at 65 Mary Street meets all occupancy approval requirements.
Iglu Director Jonathan Gliksten said he was excited to welcome residents to the building, which represents the next generation of purpose-built student accommodation.
“Iglu Brisbane City boosts Brisbane’s appeal as an ideal student living destination for local, regional and international students, offering innovative accommodation, facilities and concierge services designed specifically for students,” he said.
Our accommodation is close to universities, transport and shopping, and is staffed around the clock so that students can access the facilities and services they need to make their stay as valuable and enjoyable as possible.
“Iglu Brisbane City provides residents with high quality communal areas including a gym, games areas, a cinema room, and an outdoor entertainment as well as regular community events. Our residents don’t just get a great place to stay, but a thriving student community to be part of.”
Iglu Brisbane City’s opening was delayed more than 12 weeks after the Queensland Government initially denied occupancy approval while it investigated the building’s external aluminium panels. This was despite multiple independent safety experts giving the building the green-light.
During this time Iglu paid for alternative accommodation for the students.
“We have always known that our building complied with National Construction Code and are absolutely confident in the quality and safety standard of the building materials used. This is a wonderful building in terms of quality, safety, design and facilities,” Mr Gliksten said.
“We’re pleased to have confirmed this beyond doubt so Iglu can get back to doing what we do best, giving our residents a great student experience, in one of Australia’s great cities for students.”
“We understand that the Queensland Government needs to ensure the safety of buildings, but we were disappointed with the length of time the process took. The lengthy process and the uncertainty we have endured highlights a broader industry issue and the need for National Standards and a clear and efficient process.”
The project is the fourth student accommodation facility under the Iglu brand with another in Kelvin Grove, and two in Sydney. Two additional properties are currently under development in Redfern (Sydney) and Melbourne CBD.
A range of accommodation options are available at Iglu Brisbane City from share apartments, to studios or one bedroom apartments, with early bird rates still available for Semester 2, 2016.
About Iglu Brisbane City
Iglu Brisbane City at 65 Mary Street is purpose-built student accommodation. It includes 414 beds in air-conditioned studio and multi-share configurations.
There are also communal areas including a gym, games areas, cinema room, and an outdoor entertainment area.