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are those pictures real, or a blend of CGI with people stuck on? It does look very good. I always thought the original building looked awful considering it was build in the late 90's when I studied there.
 

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are those pictures real, or a blend of CGI with people stuck on? It does look very good. I always thought the original building looked awful considering it was build in the late 90's when I studied there.
They're real, they're from the QUB Imagebank
 

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are those pictures real, or a blend of CGI with people stuck on? It does look very good. I always thought the original building looked awful considering it was build in the late 90's when I studied there.
Original built in the 60s as social sciences building surely, just another refurb in the 90s when it became PFC.??
 

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Well....this is ruffling a few feathers..


Architect sought for £25m Queen's Belfast student centre

Queen’s University Belfast is on the hunt for an architect for a new £25 million Integrated Student Centre

The winning architect-led design team will draw up plans for a new 11,000m2 hub combing all of the university’s support, advice, developmental and commercial services for students.

Located opposite the university’s iconic ‘Lanyon Building’, the current Students’ Union was constructed in 1967 on the site of a former residential block and now has more than 24,000 members.

Originally designed for just 6,000 students, the building – which features a 2,000 capacity concert hall, canteen and three bars – received an £8.8 million overhaul by local firm Todd Architects in 2006.

According to the brief: ‘The project will redevelop the existing Students’ Union site to provide a new purpose built Integrated Student Centre which addresses the identified accommodation needs, providing a stimulating and engaging environment for the undergraduate and postgraduate student population.’

A temporary decant space for Students’ Union activities within a neighbouring Grade B2-listed building will also be required before demolition commences.

Up to six teams will be shortlisted for the contract which is estimated to be worth up to £1.4 million.

Documents must be requested by 5 February and the deadline for submitting tenders is 4pm on 12 February


 

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The building is fine, and indeed looks really well after the facelift several years ago. I agree, why are they bothering? Is it to simply rework the building *behind* the front section, or completely tearing down the facade and starting over?
 

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The building is fine, and indeed looks really well after the facelift several years ago. I agree, why are they bothering? Is it to simply rework the building *behind* the front section, or completely tearing down the facade and starting over?
Everything is to be demolished and a entirely new centre built.
 

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Well that sucks

Please God let it not take the lead from so many recent disappointing designs and implementations. Hoping they keep the facadr somehow. But all in all a waste of money.

On the other hand maybe we'll see some actually awful recent buildings being redone (guessing not though, few places have the pockets of a Uni)
 

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I was really shocked when I saw this in the news.
I was in final year when they finished the refurb in 2006. It was long overdue but I didn't realise they spent £8m on it.
Seems crazy to knock it all down after spending that kind of money just 10 years ago and replace it with a building costing £25m.
QUB must have money to burn with all of their recent building work.
 

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QUB must have money to burn with all of their recent building work.
Not to mention the nth iteration of the Seamus Heaney Library building, or the Student Guidance Centre. I'm sure all these projects are needed, but when there are cutbacks on admin and academic staff as well as shrinking/ more competitive research budgets, you do begin to wonder where all the money is going.
 

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2006 isn't even the last time they spent a lot of money on it. The Speakeasy was completely overhauled 3 or 4 years ago, and the whole ground floor was refurbished and greatly improved at the same sort of time. Couldn't tell you how much they spent on it, but it must have been a bit.
 

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The refurbished building is OK but it's not good enough and if QUB are to attract more international and higher fee paying students then facilities need to be exceptional. If Stormont is unwilling to raise fees or give more funding then universities need to switch income focus elsewhere.

A lot of new facilities have funding input from organisations like Atlantic Philanthropies or the Wellcome Trust. Capital spending is separate from the budget used for staffing.
 

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I guess, although some transparency in capital budgets would be great. I wonder how other uni's fund student buildings, my understanding is Queens has the only non-independent student union?

I do take your point regarding creating competitive campus facilities, though. But perhaps consulting students may have helped saying there is a lot of history in the building.
 

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The refurbished building is OK but it's not good enough and if QUB are to attract more international and higher fee paying students then facilities need to be exceptional. If Stormont is unwilling to raise fees or give more funding then universities need to switch income focus elsewhere.

A lot of new facilities have funding input from organisations like Atlantic Philanthropies or the Wellcome Trust. Capital spending is separate from the budget used for staffing.
Its probably just too small in all honesty, and there's no obvious land to extend on. Re the Mandela hall complaints, as its a basement they could probably retain it!

I started Queens in the late 90s and even the current SU building is light years ahead of how it used to be!
 

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Have to laugh at the imaginary sight of all these snooty, demanding, mystical students who we have to wow, tempt and draw in from far off lands by wiping clean any less than Starbucks-chic den of studentness.

On a less flowery note it's weird to hear the same phrase used multiple times on the Open Day tour of Riddel Hall (attract international students)

Riddel Hall's remodel and raison d'etre was to draw in these wealthy students (in this case.. managers... I can't help but feel sad that magnificent building is being wasted on a less than magnificent group but there you go)

If it's going in that high brow direction then say goodbye to the surprisingly decent bar.
Wonder if they'll be so keen to host the Q-con in future if they fear these almighty travelling studious wads of cash think it somehow beneath them (the unspoken implication of the phrase "attract more international students" no?).

In summary:
It'll be great to have bigger halls and space within to host things like Q-con and ressurect the hall and speakeasy but it seems a stunning waste, and no guarantee of a high(er) quality outcome.
 

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I have to agree that we don't need a fancy SU to attract the students; i'm studying part time at Manchester University, and the SU there makes Queen's look world class. It's all down to the quality of courses and teaching (and the course i'm doing at Manchester is brilliant).

That said, i've never been a fan of the Queen's SU building; its ugly and sits at an awkward angle to the road, and inside the layout is frankly a mess. Mandella Hall is obviously a great venue though, and as others have said, could surely be retained in any new development.
 

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That said, i've never been a fan of the Queen's SU building; its ugly and sits at an awkward angle to the road, and inside the layout is frankly a mess. Mandella Hall is obviously a great venue though, and as others have said, could surely be retained in any new development.
#stillnotasbadasthewaterfront

have to disagree on the latter half but succinctly summed up the weirdness of attracting folks when we're actually streets ahead of plenty of other city's offerings in the first half.

6/10, would agree again.

I wonder if they'll close it down to non-students? Would they do that do you think?
 
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