Previous Major Projects

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‌Graduate School

Completion Date: 2015
Capital Investment: £4m

Click here for some fabulous shots of the new Graduate School (former Lynn Building). 

The two-storey, grade B listed, Lynn Building has been beautifully refurbished to create a Graduate School in a key historical location on the Main Site. The School reflects an integral strand in the University's Vision which is to develop a vibrant and ambitious postgraduate and postdoctoral culture, with significant increases in postgraduate taught, postgraduate research and postdoctoral numbers.

The ground floor offers reception and administrative support space, training facilities, meeting rooms, and social spaces. The building’s first floor features a central open-plan, double height, vaulted space with masonry gothic arches and aisles to each side. This is a really impressive and beautiful internal space featuring a Postgraduate Study Room (with individual study desks) in one area, as well as a large social/breakout/circulation space, with smaller rooms coming directly off the aisles. 

Externally, the glazed link which used to connect the first floor of the Lynn Building to the first floor of the former Library Tower (now being redeveloped as a new home for the School of Law and social hub) has been removed, restoring the building to its original stand-alone status. The exterior brick and stonework has also been restored and the building re-roofed.

A new entrance gives level access from the north-south pedestrian walkway running from University Square to the Quad. As part of the overall redevelopment of the area, the space between the Lynn and the Lanyon buildings (previously used as a car park) has been landscaped and ground lighting installed to highlight entrance routes and illuminate building facades.


‌Film Studio

Completion Date: 2014
Capital Investment: £0.7m

Film StudioThe new Film Studio space is designed to deliver advanced practice-based programmes; and to meet the needs of increasing student numbers and the success of the local film-making industry.  It is located adjacent to the Drama and Film Centre and includes a sound insulated ‘Black Box’ studio space and a series of smaller editing and production suites.


‌McClay Library

Completion Date: 2009
Capital Investment: £51m

McClay Library SunshineThe McClay Library brings together wide-ranging library, computing and media services in a single location, blending the best features of a traditional library with the latest technology. Study facilities include places for both quiet study and group work, allowing students to follow their own individual learning style. Illuminated by a multi-storey open atrium, the Library has over 2,200 reader places and space for 1.2 million volumes.

The building was designed by Boston-based architects Shepley Bulfinch, who have previously designed and developed major academic libraries at Yale and Harvard. The building attracts more than 10,000 users and visitors each day and has won a number of architectural awards.

School of Social Work 

Completion: 2006
Capital Investment: £1.7m

Coll Pk East‌Numbers 4 to 6 College Park East and 6 College Park were remodelled and extended to accommodate the expanding School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work and the Institute of Childcare Research. This allowed the School to offer a greater range of degree courses at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. The School trains significant numbers of social workers each year and offers experienced social workers a range of professional qualifications.

Centre for Drama and Film Studies

Completion: 2004
Capital Investment: £1.7m

‌The Centre for Drama and Film Studies houses the Brian Friel Theatre and Centre for Theatre Research and a two screen cinema (Queen's Film Theatre). Both the theatre and research centre aim to produce work of the highest international standard and lead the way in theatre research and theatre production. They host international conferences as well as touring productions from around the world, with a view to establishing one of the leading academic drama facilities.

Film Studies is equipped with a range of still and moving cameras, editing suites, and a range of sound, lighting kits and grip gear suitable for short film and documentary production. Student work is screened in the Queen's Film Theatre.

International Research Centre for Experimental Physics (IRCEP)

Completion 2004
Capital Investment: £9.4m

The four-storey Centre was constructed in the courtyard to the rear of the New Physics building and overlooks the Palm House in Botanic Gardens.  It is home to three internationally recognised research disciplines - Atomic and Molecular Physics, Condensed Matter Physics and Molecular Science, and Plasma and Laser Interaction Physics. The design reflects the need within research centres for adaptable open spaces which promote interaction. 

Investing in Teaching and Research

Completion: 2001 - 2014
Capital Investment: Approx £74m

QUB_190111_9585Over the last decade the University has been working towards creating a state-of-the-art, fully integrated Faculty of Medical Health and Life Sciences.  Central to the realization of this vision is the development of a high quality, sustainable infrastructure to support research and education into the next decade and beyond.  The refurbishment of research and teaching facilities and laboratories and the renewal of equipment have been essential prerequisites to meeting the challenges arising from the increasingly competitive global higher education environment. 

The development programme has included the major refurbishment and extension of existing buildings on the Health Sciences Campus (HSC) Lisburn Road (including the Medical Biology Centre, Pharmacy Building and Whitla Medical Building) and at the Royal Victoria Hospital site; and the construction of new buildings - the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology and the Health Sciences Building - on the HSC. 

See below for information on some of the more major projects.

Health Sciences Campus

Health Sciences Building

Completion: 2008
Capital investment: £6.3m

The Health Sciences Building is home to the interdisciplinary Centre for Infection & Immunity, whose mission is to develop new avenues for the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases. To achieve this, it is developing the highest quality clinical and basic science research programmes - the hallmark of which is a close, collaborative interaction between clinical and laboratory research experts.

Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology (CCRCB)

Completion: 2007
Capital investment: £13.3m

QUB54299‌The CCRCB is a multi-disciplinary unit, with over 300 researchers, working with partners around the world in developing cancer treatments and pioneering advances in patient care. It has an international reputation for successful dissemination and application of cutting edge research, knowledge transfer and the commercialisation of research ideas and innovations. The Centre was designated as a Cancer Research UK Centre in 2009 in association with Northern Ireland's Health and Social Care Research and Development Office and the Belfast Health and Social Care Trust. 

Medical Biology Centre (MBC), Refurbishment, Upgrade and Extension

Completion: 2004-11
Capital Investment £29m

 QUB_180510_QUB_9077A programme of refurbishment and upgrade over the last decade has seen the realisation of the overall vision for the MBC, which is to create modern, flexible and sustainable laboratories and teaching spaces to accommodate the expansion of the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences; and to further promote its standing as a leading medical school in the UK and Ireland.

The programme included refurbishment of teaching and learning facilities, and upgrading of services, IT infrastructure and external fabric on all eight floors of the MBC; the creation of a Bio-medical Library, IT facility, Clinical Skills facility, new Teaching Centre, café and Student Hub; and a six-storey extension to the building to consolidate the School of Nursing and Midwifery.


Ashby Refurbishment and Upgrade

Completion: 2004 - to date
Capital Investment: £26m

AshbyThe University’s vision in the Ashby Building was to create an Engineering complex offering teaching, research and support accommodation to rival that of the most prestigious institutions around the world; and to provide Engineering students with an education that meets the demands of graduate employers, professional societies and other stakeholders.

Realizing the vision necessitated a rolling refurbishment of the Ashby Tower and Lab Block, home to the Schools of Electrical, Electronic Engineering and Computer Science (EEECS) and Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE). This was to meet the radical changes in Engineering education over the last decade, with students now expected to spend less time in lectures and more time learning actively and interactively. These new teaching techniques require different types of learning space, with an emphasis on smaller class sizes and more interaction between students and teachers. Consequently, the Ashby has been redeveloped to create flexible and informal technology-rich areas for students to engage in problem-based learning, group work and the use of the internet for investigative learning.  These spaces complement the more traditional lecture, tutorial and laboratory spaces and offer an holistic experience that supports the development of a ‘learning community’ for both students and staff.

Research facilities throughout the building have also been renewed to allow MAE and EEECS to maintain and build upon their internationally recognised position as world leaders in many areas of Engineering research. The Ashby now offers modern, flexible and generic accommodation in which both Schools can co-exist. This, along with the creation of common core technology facilities, is a pre-requisite to high-quality research and education.

The external fabric of the building was upgraded to reduce long term maintenance demands, and to enhance the overall thermal performance of the building thus reducing energy costs and carbon emissions.

David Keir Building (DKB) Refurbishment and Upgrade

Completion: 2003 - 2014
Capital Investment: £17m


The rolling refurbishment and modernisation of research, teaching and support space in the David Keir Building (DKB) began in 2003. The purpose was to create more space effective facilities, including generic research laboratories and core technology services.

The re-organization and rationalization of the building was also necessary to facilitate the integration of the former Schools of Civil Engineering and Architecture and Environmental Planning into a single School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering. Architecture was brought into the DKB and a rooftop extension was added to provide additional studio space for the new School.

The refurbishment also involved the provision of additional plant and laboratory space for QUILL and Questor in the School of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering and the upgrade of teaching accommodation. In particular, the reconfiguration of DKB LG024 as a collaborative lecture theatre is the first of its type on the campus, with a layout that allows standard teaching, interactive group work, and other informal teaching in a bright and stimulating environment. Importantly, a new Student Hub was also created adjacent to it, offering students an engaging space where they can work either individually or in groups. All spaces have IT access points and WiFi.

The external fabric of the building was upgraded to reduce long term maintenance demands, and to enhance the overall thermal performance of the building thus reducing energy costs and carbon emissions.

Sonic Arts Research Centre (SARC)

Completion: 2004
Capital Investment: £5.4m

WP9X3312‌The Centre, located alongside the University’s engineering departments, is the first purpose-built facility of its kind in the UK. It is an established centre of excellence in the School of Creative Arts, dedicated to the research of music technology. It offers a unique interdisciplinary environment, which has brought together internationally recognised experts in the areas of musical composition, digital signal processing, performance technologies, acoustics and sound art.

SARC has won an award for construction excellence from the Construction Employment Federation (CEF) and a commendation at the 2004 BIAT (British Institute of Architectural Technologists) Awards for technical excellence.

Titanic Quarter

Northern Ireland Advanced Composites Engineering (NIACE) Centre

Completion: 2011
Capital Investment: £4.2m

QUB_041011_8017‌The NIACE, located on Airport Road, Belfast, was built in partnership with the University of Ulster. This flagship research centre is the focal point for advanced materials and engineering research and development in Northern Ireland. It offers firms the opportunity to work together on their R&D projects to develop technologies that will maintain their competitiveness and support future business needs.

Institute of Electronics, Communications, Information Technology (ECIT)

Completion: 2004
Capital Investment: £6.3m

QUB_180511_9239‌The ECIT building sits on a 1.5 acre site adjacent to the Thompson dry dock in the Titanic Quarter and aims to commercialize world-class research and expertise in a variety of enabling digital communications technologies. Part of the School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, ECIT provides ‘state of the art’ research laboratories and brings together, in one building, internationally renowned research groups specialising in key areas such as Secure Digital Systems, Digital Communications, Speech, Image & Vision Systems and High Frequency Electronics.

Stranmillis Road

Riddel Hall: Queen's University Management School and William J Clinton Leadership Institute 

Completion: 2011
Capital investment: £14m

120313_435_previewRestoration of the Grade B listed Riddel Hall, complemented by two adjoining new buildings and set in 11 acres of beautiful parkland within the Stranmillis Conservation Area, is now home to Queen's University Management School, the William J Clinton Leadership Institute, the Institute of Directors (IOD) and the Northern Ireland Centre for Pharmacy, Learning and Development (NICPLD).

The vision of the Leadership Institute is to support the Northern Ireland economy through the ongoing development of business leaders with a global outlook. It was established in direct response to the need identified by Government for improved management and leadership development ‘fit for 21st Century challenges’ and delivered by universities.

The restoration of Riddel Hall was highly commended in the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Northern Ireland 2012 Building Conservation Award category and also achieved a commendation from the Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA).

Student Experience

New Health Centre

Completion: 2014 
Capital Investment: £1.9m

 Health CentreThe Grade B1 listed building at 7 University Terrace - the Manse to the adjacent Grade A listed, former, Elmwood Presbyterian Church - has been refurbished and extended to create a new home for the University Health Centre. The Centre was previously located in Lennoxvale; its new location adjacent to the Student Guidance Centre (SGC) and the Students’ Union places this important facility in a high profile and central position for students.  

Student Employability Hub

Completion: 2014
Capital Investment: £0.2m

Student Employability HubThe former Bookshop premises has been transformed into an innovative hub on the ground floor of the Student Guidance Centre. This provides a transition space between university and employment and houses many of the employer and employability activities that Queen’s offers. It complements the existing facilities by offering employers and students a new and exciting space to interact.



Refurbishment of Teaching Space: Major Lecture Theatres 

Completion: 2014 (Rolling Programme)
Capital Investment: £3.6m 

QUB_250913_3014 Large lecture theatres across the University (Ashby, DKB, Geography, MBC and Physics) have undergone major refurbishment as part of the rolling programme of improving teaching space and facilities across the campus and enhancing the student experience.

The reconfiguration of DKB LG024 as a collaborative lecture theatre is the first of its type on the campus, with a layout that allows standard teaching, interactive group work, and other informal teaching in a bright and stimulating environment. Importantly, a new Student Hub was also created adjacent to it, offering students an engaging space where they can work either individually or in groups. All spaces have IT access points and WiFi.

Re-development of Upper Malone Outdoor Sports

Completion: 2012
Capital Investment: £11m

YB4I0152mx‌Queen’s aims to be the premier university in Ireland for delivering appealing, inclusive and progressive sporting opportunities. An initial investment of £7m in indoor sports in 2006 saw the upgrade and expansion of the Physical Education Centre. This was followed by investment in the Upper Malone outdoor facilities, which has transformed Queen’s Sport into a world-class centre of excellence in providing high performance, community-focused, training and competition facilities.  With a fibre-sand reinforced sporting pitch and a seating capacity of approximately 330, it is the only facility in the UK and Ireland that showcases the sports of rugby, Gaelic games and soccer on one site.

Upper Malone has also won a number of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) architectural awards.

Re-development of Queen's Elms Student Village: Willow Walk Postgraduate Accommodation

Completion: 2012
Capital Investment: £14.5m

QUB_140812_8619aWillow Walk, Phase 11 of the redevelopment of Elms Student Village, provides purpose-built apartment accommodation (over 250 bed spaces, including family units) to meet the particular needs of international and postgraduate students.

The apartments are built in a crescent shape facing onto an open green space, designed to foster a sense of community, and are located in an enclosed development on the perimeter of the Elms Village. While it is separate from the undergraduate villas on the Elms, Willow Walk offers the same high level of security and support services.

The scheme won a Construction Employers Federation (CEF) award in 2013.

International Postgraduate Student Centre

Completion: 2010
Capital Investment: £1.1m

IPSCThe International and Postgraduate Student Centre reflects the University’s commitment to enhancing the student experience in the provision of a dedicated facility for its international and postgraduate students. Alongside the Student Guidance Centre and the Students’ Union, the Centre offers a comprehensive support and services infrastructure for the student body.

Located close to the McClay Library, the Centre provides dedicated support to international and postgraduate students and acts as a hub for these students to study and to meet and socialise with their peers from other disciplines in a welcoming and relaxed environment. 

Re-Development of Queen’s Elms Student Village: Undergraduate Accommodation

Completion: 2007
Capital Investment: £40m

119375_435_preview‌The phased re-development of Queen’s Elms to create a new student village for, mainly, undergraduate students began in 2001. It involved the replacement of the old high-rise tower blocks in favour of purpose-built three-storey villas in a village setting, with many of the rooms being ensuite. Located at the centre of the local social and cultural scene, the Village also offers extensive on-site support facilities, such as reception, shop, bar, restaurant, and laundry.

Student Guidance Centre

Completion: 2007
Capital Investment: £2.7m

SGCThe remodelling of 1 College Gardens as a Student Guidance Centre brought together a number of support services to guide and advise students throughout their time at Queen’s. Services include finance, student records, and academic and employability skills - all working together to offer a successful and enjoyable student experience.

Extension to Physical Education Centre (PEC)

Completion: 2006
Capital Investment: £6.6m

PECThe University is committed to sports development programmes which encourage and nurture students, staff and the wider community to become and stay involved in sporting activity. The modernisation and expansion of the PEC reflected this commitment in relation to indoor sports, providing a new fitness gym, exercise studios, sports science facilities, climbing wall, changing rooms and cafe.

Refurbishment of Students’ Union

Completion: 2006
Capital Investment: £8.8m

SU Day‌The major refurbishment of the Students’ Union created a distinctive building which enhances the student experience and whose architecture blends with the surrounding University buildings. Internally, the ground floor was altered to provide a new social concourse with retail units and updated entertainment space.  Externally, the University Road and Elmwood Road frontages were over-clad and new glazed entrances created. 

Staff Accommodation

Windsor Park Staff Apartments

Completion: 2013
Capital Investment: £3.8m

Windsor Park Staff Apts

A new-build development of 28 two and three bedroom apartments at 36-38 Windsor Park, located approximately 1km from the main campus, offers high quality transitional accommodation for new staff. The apartments, which replace sub-standard flats on the site dating from the 1970s, are designed to meet the Lifetime Homes criteria and to exceed current standards for energy conservation.

The apartments are furnished to a high standard and include timber flooring in living rooms and hallways. Large feature windows give optimum views onto landscaped courtyards, south-facing communal gardens, and the mature tree-lined landscape of Windsor Avenue. The development also incorporates off-street parking and secure bicycle storage.


Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant

Completion: 2013
Capital Investment: £2.7m

Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant

The University is committed to promoting an environmentally-aware, energy efficient and sustainable campus and has adopted a strategic approach to the development of infrastructure to reduce carbon emissions and energy use and to improve the external fabric of buildings.

The use of alternative sources of energy is integral to this approach, and Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants have been installed on the Main Site and Keir/Ashby sites. CHP comprises an engine that runs on gas coupled to an electricity generator - the engine drives the generator to produce electricity and waste heat is recouped from the engine to help heat buildings. These plant are expected to generate annual financial savings of £647,000 and 2,300 tons of carbon emissions.