CREATING 21st CENTURY FACILITIES FOR COMPUTER SCIENCE
The expansion of Computer Science is an institutional priority for the University and is closely aligned with the priorities set out in the Northern Ireland Programme for Government 2011 – 2015, the Department for Employment and Learning’s Higher Education and Skills Strategies ‘Success through Skills –Transforming Futures’ and ‘Success Through STEM’.
The scale and capacity of the current accommodation in the Bernard Crossland Building (BCB) is no longer adequate to support a high quality student experience, nor address the growth in student numbers and expectations and the new modes of teaching in Computer Science.
The objective is to create a high-quality transparent building that establishes a discrete identity for Computer Science, integrating both teaching and research; and to deliver a stimulating environment for staff and students. This includes formal and informal student space which can support increasing levels of group and project work.
The new four-storey 3,000m2, building, with a glazed front elevation, is built around and extends the concrete frame of the existing structure. It links with the Computer Science accommodation in 14 and 16 Malone Road, which is also being refurbished. It will offer a variety of large and small computer labs, project spaces, breakout rooms, a Student Hub spanning three floors, academic and clerical offices, and postgraduate spaces.
In keeping with the University’s commitment to sustainability, the building has been designed to minimize its impact on the environment and to achieve the target of Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) "Excellent" rating.
Construction works started in December 2014 and you can view a fly-through video below of the new centre when it opens in 2016.