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Over the last ten years the University has been implementing a major capital development programme, designed to ensure a high quality sustainable physical environment which is safe, attractive, accessible, and fit for purpose.

The estate at Queen's includes over 250 buildings, of which 98 are listed as being of special architectural interest. There are also playing fields and grounds extending to over 100 acres.

Most of the buildings are located in the main campus area of south Belfast, but the estate also includes major medical buildings at the Royal Group of Hospitals in west Belfast, an 'embedded' floor in the Belfast City Hospital tower block, and a specialist Marine Biology Centre in Portaferry, Co Down.

The buildings range from the original Victorian Lanyon Building of 1845 to the international-style 60's tower-blocks, through to the modern purpose-built properties constructed in the last decade.

The main University area is a former Victorian suburb, retaining a strong flavour of its original identity, ambience and character. The majority of the University buildings are situated in one of three adjacent Conservation Areas, namely Queen's, Malone and Stranmillis.