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Ultra-modern new student space opens its doors at Queen’s

After 400k working hours, 500m3 of concrete, 1,355 workers and countless cups of builders’ tea, Queen’s University are delighted that One Elmwood, our new Student Centre and Students’ Union, is now open for business for the new term.

Professor Ian Greer and SU President Emma Murphy
Pictured at the brand new One Elmwood building are Queen's Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer and Students' Union President Emma Murphy.

The open-plan, modern space, right at the centre of Queen’s, is designed to meet a range of student needs through the provision of University student services, from wellbeing advice and financial support to careers and other learning support and developmental opportunities. It will be the buzz on campus with all the Students’ Union representation, advice, student volunteering and entrepreneurship services as well two brand-new venues, including the newly revamped Mandela Hall, Union Bar and shop, outdoor terraces and multiple hang out spaces.

The £41.8m building has been designed to complement the existing Lanyon, Whitla and Elmwood Hall with clever design techniques which mirror the older buildings and bridge the gap between Queen’s important heritage and our investment in the future.

It has also been created to be more efficient and substantially cheaper to run, operate and maintain, reflecting the most up to date sustainability know how to provide a net zero ready building that is future proofed for generations to come.

Welcoming the opening, Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Greer said: “One Elmwood marks a new chapter for life at Queen’s. Set right at the heart of campus, the 10,000 sq m state-of-the-art building brings together University student services and the Students’ Union alongside a range of facilities so students can access services, collaborate in shared spaces, get support and advice, and socialise in a range of venues.

"This is a major investment in our students and student services so that we can continue to offer our students and staff world class amenities which complement our historic campus. This contemporary structure will build on existing services, shared spaces and support across campus and online to help with seamless engagement between Schools, the Students’ Union and the University services with the student at the centre.

"This building is designed to be the hub of Queen’s, with accessibility, lots of collaborative spaces, and a place where students can go for help, relaxation, study and social support. It’s an exciting time for everyone at Queen’s and we are delighted to open the doors and welcome students, staff and the community to this great new space.”

The Students’ Union President Emma Murphy said: “The new Students' Union, housed in One Elmwood, will be a vibrant social hub with a newly revamped Mandela Hall, Union Bar, rooftop terrace, Union shop and multiple collaboration and social spaces, as well as state of the art facilities for our clubs and societies and other student groups. 

"Supporting and developing our students remains a key priority for the Students’ Union and the new facility will provide further opportunities for students to make friends, socialize and engage with our representation, advice, student volunteering and entrepreneurship services. It’s a fantastic addition to life on campus and students will benefit from it for many years to come.”


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