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Riddel Hall Public Consultation




Queen’s University Belfast is developing design proposals for the expansion of Queen’s Management School (QMS) through the creation of a new purpose-built teaching facility at Riddel Hall.

The proposed building will extend and enhance the Riddel Hall campus and contribute to the on-going success of the Queen’s Management School located at the site. The expansion of the School will ensure that it is fit to serve the changing educational needs of a rapidly growing postgraduate community, who will prove invaluable to the progress of the Northern Ireland economy.

The project will provide teaching space and ancillary research, support, and social accommodation. It will also involve renovation work to the listed Riddel Hall building due to the relocation of current facilities to the new proposed space.

The expansion and redevelopment of Queen’s Management School at Riddel Hall will prove vital not only to the University but also to the local and international economy.

A public consultation event is taking place on Tuesday 13 August between 12pm-2pm and 4pm-8pm at Riddel Hall (185 Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5EE). This provides an opportunity for the public to view plans for the proposed development, discuss it with members of the project team, and offer feedback and comments. The event will include an exhibition display of the proposals along with feedback forms.

Alternatively, if you are not able to attend the event, you can see details of the proposal including plans and images below. You can provide comments using the online feedback form via the link below or by email to

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Any comments or feedback should be received on or before 13 September 2019.


Queen’s Management School is one of the top business schools in the UK and Ireland and prides itself on offering a world-class range of undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in Accounting, Economics, Finance and Management. According to the UK Chartered Association of Business Schools, the UK’s Business Schools contribute over £13 billion to the economy annually through their teaching, research and wider impact. They offer an education that attracts students from across the globe, many of whom remain in the UK and contribute to the development and competiveness of UK businesses.

Queen’s Management School is of significant strategic importance to the Northern Ireland economy. The School works closely with employers and professional bodies to deliver programmes which support the growth of the Financial Technology sector (which at the moment accounts for over 18,000 jobs in Belfast City) and the wider economy.

Due to the potential for career success in the local and international economy, the School’s reputation for educational quality, and a successful proactive marketing campaign, student numbers in the Queen’s Management School have increased dramatically over the past decade, especially within the School’s postgraduate taught (PGT) programmes. Between 2011 and 2018 overall PGT numbers increased by 175% to 459, while international postgraduate student registrations rose from 43 to 314 in the same period. By 2020, the number of PGT students is projected to increase to over 700.

This rapid growth in postgraduate student numbers is putting increasing pressure on current teaching resources at Riddel Hall. Therefore, Queen’s University Belfast are progressing plans for a new build teaching facility to meet the growing demand. The proposed development will not only expand the current teaching accommodation at Riddel Hall but will also provide a much-needed update of facilities, which will be designed with the needs of a growing and changing student population in mind, and commensurate with modern teaching methods. The development will also enhance the School’s ability to engage with business and meet government emphasis on Management and Leadership education.

Queen’s University is central to the vision for Northern Ireland to become an internationally competitive region. The proposed expansion of the Queen’s Management School will ensure the continued quality of teaching and research in the School, and is vital to this ambition to increase business growth and attract mobile investment to Northern Ireland.

The project, which also underlines the University’s commitment to support the growth of postgraduate courses, is due to be completed in the 2021/2022 academic year.

In order to create an exceptional student experience, the new facilities will provide:

  • academic and support office accommodation
  • postgraduate rooms
  • a range of teaching and research spaces
  • computer teaching and resource accommodation
  • a placement/employability suite
  • communal open plan facilities including catering accommodation
  • individual and group study space
  • a number of flexible teaching spaces
  • collaborative working areas
  • transition and social spaces
  • areas for informal social interaction

The project reinforces our commitment to continue to develop postgraduate and executive education courses and to create future leaders, who will underpin the growth of the knowledge economy in Northern Ireland. It will also enhance the distinctiveness and identity of Queen’s Management School within the University and the wider economy. By providing a platform for further business engagement, the plans will bridge the gap between academia and practice, and will raise the profile of the School and its commitment to expanding education at every stage of an individual’s career progression. By moving QMS firmly into the twenty-first century, the development will allow for a School that encompasses the best of business education, research, and impact on our society.

Please let us know what you think of the proposals by filling out our online feedback form or by emailing:

All comments or feedback should be received on or before 13 September 2019.

Please note that any comments you make to us are not representations to the Planning Authority and do not in any way affect your statutory right to make representations to the Planning Authority, with regard to any application submitted to them, in respect of this proposal.

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Project timeline

Project timeline

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The Site

The site is located due south of the main Riddel Hall building on a lower lying section of the grounds. The site is well screened from Riddel Hall by an existing hedgerow that runs along the top of the bank. There is a c4.8m drop between the site and the upper-level lawn area. The site is bounded to the south and west by dense woodland and includes existing car parking facilities to the west which provide access to the site. All trees on the site are protected and the surrounding woodland area forms part of the Stranmillis College Historic Park, Garden and Demesne.

Design Concept and Development
Access and Parking

There are currently 59 formal car parking spaces in the main car park area at Riddel Hall, which is located to the immediate east of the site. 22 of these spaces will be retained and the other 37 current spaces will be reconfigured as part of the proposal that will increase surface car parking provision to 73 spaces. In addition, a further 25 car parking spaces will be provided in the basement, increasing the total provision of spaces on the site by 39 to 98 in total.

The QUB Travel Plan promotes more sustainable modes of transport, and space has also been provided for cycle parking. The Travel Plan will apply to the new development with only a limited number of parking permits to be issued for use at the Riddel Hall campus.

Access will remain as existing, taken from Stranmillis Road.

Building Elevations
Visuals – Before and After



Main approach and entrance


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