IGLU BRISBANE CITY OPENS AFTER CLEARING SAFETY HURDLE
Written on the 18 April 2016
STUDENT accommodation Iglu Brisbane City has opened its doors after getting the green light from Queensland Government.
The purpose-built facility at 65 Mary Street was originally meant to open in January, however it was denied occupancy approval while a fire risk relating to external aluminium panels was investigated.
Iglu director Jonathan Gliksten says the business never doubted the building's compliance with the National Construction Code.
"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," Gliksten says.
"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."
Iglu paid for alternative accommodation for students during the delay. More than 250 students from 20 countries have relocated to Iglu Brisbane City.
The facility features 414 beds across share apartments, studios and one-bedroom apartments, as well as communal gym, cinema room and outdoor entertainment area.
"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," Gliksten says.
"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."
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 in Sydney and Melbourne CBD.