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Student Centre Public Consultation



Queen’s University Belfast is developing design proposals for a new Student Centre, including a new Students’ Union to replace the existing Students’ Union building on University Road / Elmwood Avenue.

The project will redevelop an important area of the campus, creating an accessible facility that will be the heartbeat of life on campus, facilitating increased engagement with the whole student body and significantly enhancing the student experience.

This will involve the demolition of the existing building, and erection of a new student facility, to accommodate support, advice, representational, developmental and commercial services provided by the University and the Students’ Union.

The new building will include similar facilities to the existing SU, including student shop and commercial units, food and drinks outlets, multi-use event spaces, and university services related offices, meeting and interview rooms.

A public consultation event is taking place on  Thursday 27th September 2018 (10am-8pm) in the Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen's University. This 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 feedback form via the link below or by email to

Complete feedback form

Any comments or feedback should be received on or before 11 October 2018.

The Proposal

Queen’s University Belfast Students’ Union building was constructed in the 1960s to cater for the needs of the student body at that time, circa 5,500 compared to 24,000 in 2017/18, with significantly different academic, social and support needs.

Vision 2020 commits Queen’s to becoming a world class international university that supports outstanding students and staff, working in world class facilities, conducting leading-edge education and research, focused on the needs of society. Large areas of the Students’ Union building no longer meet the needs of the diverse student population at Queen’s and those which are envisaged through Vision 2020 and beyond.

There is a significant opportunity to create a holistic and world class Student Centre, including a new Students’ Union facility, as a magnet to encourage student engagement in activities which support increased learning, development, enterprise and employment opportunities.

The new Student Centre will:

  • Provide a gateway for student-facing, nonacademic services on campus.

  • Provide an environment conducive to meeting the needs of all students.

  • Optimise the strong partnership between the Students’ Union and the University, linking both sets of services, whilst recognising and facilitating both partners’ distinct roles in supporting students to make the most of their time at Queen’s.

  • Support a range of student life experiences, promoting social inclusion and facilitating informal interaction with regular and ad-hoc events and activities.

This ambitious and exciting project provides an opportunity to redevelop and expand existing facilities and create a holistic, cutting edge approach to service provision that will enable interaction with every student.

The new facility, which is due to open in the 2021/2022 academic year, will support enhanced student welfare, learning, development, entrepreneurship and employment opportunities. The new Students’ Union building will include vibrant social and commercial spaces such as the SU Shop, the SU Bar, a Mandela Hall entertainment venue, and state-of-the-art facilities for our clubs and societies. Supporting and developing our students is a key priority and the new facility will provide further opportunities for students to engage with and benefit from our representation, advice, student volunteering and entrepreneurship services, as well as being a social hub for the University to improve accessibility and student interaction in the heart of the campus.

Fundamentally, it will increase engagement of students and provide a heartbeat for the University. It will foster a sense of community, provide a home from home and help to create memories of an exceptional university experience and an engaged alumni.

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

All comments or feedback should be received on or before 11 October 2018.

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.

Project timeline

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Floor plans


Massing aerial views


External CGIs