Original built in the 60s as social sciences building surely, just another refurb in the 90s when it became PFC.??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.
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
Everything is to be demolished and a entirely new centre built.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?
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.QUB must have money to burn with all of their recent building work.
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!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.
#stillnotasbadasthewaterfrontThat 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.