Queen's refurbishment projects praised by RIBA
The International and Postgraduate Student Centre
Two refurbishment projects at Queen’s have been listed as quality design schemes by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).
The refurbishment of the International and Postgraduate Student Centre and the cladding of the Architecture Building in Chlorine Gardens have been named by the RIBA Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) 2011 as examples of projects with small budgets which have had a big impact.
The HEDQF is a unique partnership between higher education and design professionals. Its aim is to improve the performance of higher education buildings and estates.
Gary Jebb, Director of Estates, said: “I am delighted that two of our projects have been recognised by the RIBA in this way. In the current economic climate, it is vital that we maximise the value of limited capital funds and these two projects demonstrate that small-scale investments can achieve great results in terms of design, quality and value for money.”
With a refurbishment cost of £899,000, the International and Postgraduate Student Centre was designed around an existing campus building. The Centre, which opened its doors last year, is a student-orientated facility providing study and social space for international and postgraduate students.
The brief for the re-cladding of the Architecture Building was to work within a restricted budget to refurbish and rebrand the neglected 1980s building. A key project aim was to significantly enhance the building’s energy performance and, in so doing, reduce overall running costs. As a result of the refurbishment, environmental conditions have been substantially improved with measures such as fixed blinds to the roof glazing and low energy suspended light fittings with uplighting of the exposed slabs.