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Parents

At Ziggurat, we host residents at all phases of third level education, from first-year ‘freshers’ to post-doctorate students.

 

We are sensitive to the fact that our younger residents are making a significant transition from secondary school to third level education, whilst also making the move away from home for the first time. As parents ourselves, we’re conscious of the need to provide for the safety, security and welfare of our residents, and we have designed our processes to put these at the core of everything we do. 

 

 

How safe is Ziggurat Edward Square?

Edward Square is is built to the highest and most up to date planning regulations, and therefore, applies the latest health and safety standards in its construction.

 

 

Compliance Standards

At Ziggurat, we have selected the most rigorous compliance standards from Ireland and the UK, and we apply these as our standard health and safety process. This combines daily, weekly, monthly, and annual checks to ensure everything remains compliant and is maintained in a safe condition.

 

 

Security

Ziggurat is a building wrapped around an enclosed courtyard. There is electronic access control to and from the building, and CCTV from the street to each part of the building right up to the outside of each bedroom door.

 

During office hours, the building is manned by our Residence Manager and Assistant Residence Manager. Outside office hours, we have a security guard service on patrol.

 

 

Fire Safety

Apart from our rigorous health and safety compliance processes, we also brief our residents on safety, and in particular, on fire safety. This briefing is delivered by professional fire safety trainers who are active service Fire Fighters.

 

Our residents learn about the causes of fires, how to prevent them, how to use the equipment provided throughout the building, evacuation procedures, and how to safely use and store equipment such as laptops, mobile phones, tablets, hair straighteners, and hair-dryers.

 

To our knowledge, no one else in Ireland or the UK provides this safety service to residents in either student or private sector accommodation. In addition, we provide a Portable Appliance Testing service to test all such appliances brought to the building by our residents – laptops, phones, tablets, hair-dryers, hair straighteners, and so on (where the appliances are more than one year old). This helps us to reduce the risk of any incident arising from faulty electrical devices.

 

 

Medical Emergencies

We have all the contact details for and directions to local doctors and hospitals, and every resident is provided with these.

 

 

Pastoral Care

We keep a list of the contact details of the student welfare offices in the third level institutions at reception and on our notice boards. Each of the institutions has a variety of welfare services available – from student health centres, chaplaincies, counselling services and so on. 

 

 

Quality and Comfort

Ziggurat has engaged the services of market leading interior designers to produce a beautiful and modern living environment combining plenty of comfortable space for private study and rest. Our buildings are in prime locations, as close as possible to key third level institutions. Ziggurat Edward Square is no different – being a short walk from NUIG, GMIT and the best shopping and cultural districts.

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