Major Capital Development Programme
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Queen's vibrant campus continues to be enhanced through a multi-million pound capital development programme aimed at offering an exceptional student experience and high quality education, and to grow an efficient, effective and sustainable enterprise.
Flagship projects completed in the last few years include the McClay Library, the Executive Education Centre at Riddel Hall, the Northern Ireland Centre for Advanced Composites Research, a 6-storey extension to the Medical Biology Centre (MBC), Willow Walk at the Elms Student Village, redevelopment of the Upper Malone outdoor sports facilities, and the Windsor Park staff apartment development.
On the David Keir/Ashby site (the main centre for Engineering and Physical Sciences), the rolling refurbishment programme includes an extensive upgrade of research and teaching accommodation aimed at developing modern, flexible and generic space modelled on the facilities now available in the MBC. A "collaborative" lecture theatre has been created in the Keir building, where students can be taught both didactically and through group work. This is adjacent to a new Student Hub, offering students an engaging space, with catering and IT provison, where they can meet to socialise or to work, either individually or in groups. These Hubs or "transition zones" have been created throughout the campus over the last few years and are crucial in supporting the student experience.
The current phase of the on-going reconfiguration of University Square - home to the Humanities - is aimed at consolidating the School of Creative Arts, including the construction of a 'Black Box' for Film Studies; as well as providing a home for the new Institute for the Study of Conflict Transformation and Social Justice and for the Institute for Collaborative Research in Humanities.
The new £25million Centre for Experimental Medicine, co-located with the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology on the Health Sciences campus, is currently on site and the structure is now “out of the ground”. The new Centre will focus on research into eye disease and diabetes, and the development of a global programme to aid understanding of the genetics of complex chronic diseases. The project will create around 400 construction related jobs during its two year construction period.
Planning and designing the next phase of campus development is now underway. In particular, an innovative Masterplan for the Main site offers an unprecedented opportunity to create a new landscaped “gateway” development at the heart of the University. This involves a major redevelopment of the former Library Stack, to become a prestigious new home for the School of Law, linked to the Peter Froggatt Centre by a new three-storey building. The former Lynn Library, one of the best examples of Ruskinian Victorian gothic in Belfast, will also be refurbished to provide a new International and Postgraduate Centre. The overall development is designed to offer a lively student destination on the Main site.
Planning and design for a new building for the School of Biological Sciences, including the world-renowned Institute for Global Food Security, on the former Science Library site is also progressing.