Hawkins\Brown and RPP design for Queen's University Student Centre endorsed by Belfast City Council\

Belfast City Council Planning Committee has ratified approval of a planning application for the New Student Centre at Queen’s University. The new building will bring together the Students’ Union and student support teams, providing a ‘student home’ at the heart of the campus for the 24,000-student body.

Hawkins\Brown and local architect RPP have designed the New Student Centre as part of Queen’s University’s long-term vision to develop state-of-the-art facilities across the university estate. The building is fully embedded into the campus and Queen’s Conservation Area, establishing a focal point at the epicentre of life on campus by bringing together the Students’ Union and student support teams, along with new facilities to enhance the student experience.

The four-storey building will provide a central location for all non-faculty services on campus, including the SU, student guidance, informal learning zones, club rooms, supporting offices, multi-purpose hall, SU Bar, catering and retail outlets. A generous and flexible entrance space makes the New Student Centre open and permeable for students, staff and visitors to flow through and use.

Julia Roberts, project partner, said: “The New Student Centre will provide a real home from home on campus, particularly for those students who commute into Belfast daily. The large social stair draws students up through the building, showcasing and creating the accessible, approachable and valuable services Queen’s University has on offer. The interiors are mature and reflect a more co-working environment way of working.”

The New Student Centre is expected to open in 2022/23.

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