A vacant site located between Botanic Avenue and University Road and above the railway line.
A series of planning applications in 1988 and 1989 proposed to develop a mixed-use development comprising residential, office, retail and restaurant (Z/1988/0196/F, Z/1989/0115/F, Z/1989/0430/F, Z/1989/0751/F).
A planning application (Z/1994/0225/F) submitted in March 1994 proposed and office and retail development and a planning application (Z/1998/2930/F) submitted in November 1998 proposed an 8-storey building comprising 100no. apartments over retail units and car-parking.
Farrans Construction built a £1.7m box culvert (13m wide x 9m high x 160m long) during July – August 1999 to enable development over the railway line.
Dunloe-Ewart Plc and Sam McMinn Architect submitted a planning application (Z/1999/2896/F) in September 1999 proposing to develop an eight storey building comprising 83no. apartments and 100no. parking spaces with offices and retail at both street frontages. The application was withdrawn in April 2000.
Dunloe-Ewart Plc and Coogan & Co. Architects submitted a planning application (Z/2000/2060/F) in August 2000 proposing to develop 66no. apartments and 97no. parking spaces over six levels with offices and retail at both street frontages. The application was approved in February 2002.
Ewart Properties Ltd and RPP Architects submitted a planning application (Z/2007/0166/F) in January 2007 proposing to develop a five storey building comprising 92no. apartments above ground floor car parking and retail units. The application was approved in June 2009.
Botanic Link Ltd submitted a planning application (LA04/2019/0417/F) in February 2019 proposing to develop purpose built managed student accommodation, communal facilities and a retail/café unit at Botanic Avenue. The application was approved in June 2019.
Farrans Construction commenced site works in December 2019. Completion is scheduled for August 2022.
The scheme, branded Aster House, is being delivered via a joint venture partnership between CA Ventures and Harrison Street. The completed building will be operated by CA Ventures PBSA property management platform, Novel Student.