York Street LIV Student Accommodation

Case Studies / York Street LIV Student Accommodation


The LIV Student complex located in Belfast city centre next to the new University of Ulster development, will contain 576 rooms with en-suite facilities over the 11 stories, along with shared communal areas, retail units and ground floor car parking.

Ground works began on the £35.9m scheme back in July 2019 with enabling contractor J&S McKee. SDG also liaised closely with formwork contractor M.R. Concrete, to design and supply Recostal Starter Packs along with our range of concrete accessories.


The weight of a concrete slab bearing onto a column, results in a concentrated load around the column connection which induces a shear stress. Punching shear failure is a brittle type failure which occurs at the flat-slab column junction, it results in the failure of reinforced concrete slabs subjected to high localised forces.

Max Frank Shearail® increases the shear resistance of a slab, and safety transfers the shear load from the slab to the column. Shearail® is EC2 and BS 8110 compliant, enabling site work to be carried out far more effectively than traditional loose links. As a pre-fabricated system, Shearail® is designed to increase construction speed, improve build quality and reduce dependency on skilled labour – significantly reducing on-site costs.

  • Straight-forward design using Max Frank Shearail® software. Design higher loads in slimmer slabs.
  • Enhanced punching shear resistance, and anchorage conditions
  • Save in labour costs due to fast installation times
  • Improved anchorage conditions improve the structural performance

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