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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/northern_ireland/7864046.stm

Courses to move in £250m scheme



The university said it would create a landmark building


The University of Ulster is to relocate many courses from its Jordanstown campus to Belfast as part of a £250m development scheme.

The university said it was "rebalancing student numbers" between the campuses and that Jordanstown would be developed as "Ireland's leading sports campus".

The UoU said it will build a landmark building beside its Belfast campus.

The plan also includes boosting the number of students at Magee.

Plans for the university's north west campuses are to be released next week, but the UoU said it planned to consolidate student numbers at Coleraine and diversify activities with a business park on university land.

Professor Richard Barnett, Vice-Chancellor, said the university was "renewing itself to serve the region's needs in the 21st century".

"The university is rooted in the region and serves the region through its engagement with stakeholders across all aspects of its work, the quality of which is recognised internationally," he said.

"Our recent upgrade to the Belfast campus has shown us that there is an enormous appetite for the University of Ulster's programmes in central Belfast.
Looks like a lot of demolitions proposed!
 

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Hopefully they will retain the victorian building, the one the foot bridge spans onto. The rest is rubbish and can go. The far corner building looks really tall-especially when you compare it to the proposed apartment block, shown on the model, far side of Dunbar Link (which is around 10 storeys)
 

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What are those building that are being knocked down to build it?
 

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I have a feeling they will retain the CO-OP Building....I think its listed. Would be nice for them to retain the corner building (art-deco style) but would be happy to see that go if something tall and striking is built.

As for interpoint......be pleased to see that disappear. Be good to see more final renders when they are made available.
 

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From the pic it looks like they have pedestrianised part of York Street, but that could just be artistic licence, it doenst look like a design more an outline of where the building will be

 

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Demolition just seems so drastic. After all, if they build something else who's to say that it wont be considered out of date in 30 years and replaced. The obvious design problems of Jordanstown that spring to my mind (apart from being far out) is the fact that the classrooms dont get much light from the windows. Other parts of the building like the underground canteen & the lecture theatres have only artificial light. Also the building isnt convenient for wheelchairs, with all the half floors on the mall, and the wasteland/car park/landscaping inbetween the building and the shore road means it is a bit out of the way (coupled with the fact that it's in the greenbelt outskirts).

The furnishings in the building and the block layout may seem dated, but I dont think they are all that bad. The exterior of the building would look quite handsome if it wasnt for the cheap & nasty metal chimneys. I reckon demolishing the building would be unbelievably wasteful.
 

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http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/breaking-news/uk-ireland/new-campus-plans-.htmlive-pound16m-boost-14742665.html

New campus plans receive £16m boost

Employment and learning minister Sir Reg Empey announced plans for a new University of Ulster campus

Plans for a new University of Ulster (UU) campus in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter have received a £16 million boost.

Employment and learning minister Sir Reg Empey pledged the money to help widen participation in higher education.

The planned development in York Street will be the largest the city centre has seen since that of Victoria Square.

Sir Reg said: "The development will bring many benefits beyond the university and will be a welcome boost for our currently beleaguered construction industry."

The UU unveiled its plans for a major expansion of its Belfast campus last year, which would mean the relocation of many courses from Jordanstown to Belfast.

The increase in student numbers in the area is intended benefit Belfast economically and the expanded campus will play a role in the cultural life of the city.

The overall cost of the development is around £250 million and construction of the new centre should be complete by 2018.

Sir Reg added: "The new campus will also bring social benefits. One of my department's key goals is to widen participation in higher education, especially among communities which traditionally have tended not to believe university is for them. That principle of widening participation will be a key element in the University of Ulster's development of its Belfast campus."

UU Vice Chancellor Professor Richard Barnett welcomed the promise of more cash.

"This marks another important milestone in the development of a new Greater Belfast campus," he said. "This is not only good news for higher education. The new campus we are developing will play a significant role in the academic, cultural, social and economic regeneration of the city of Belfast."
 

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Brilliant news. Will be great to get some life down that end of town. With the university, sugar walk, st annes square apartments and, touch wood, the lighthouse building, there will be plenty more people about the catherdral quarter area. Coupled with royal exchange of course, the area will be almost unrecognisable in 5-10 years time.
 

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Don't forget the amount of still available land and large concentration of old buildings to be renovated too. In 20 yrs the area could be one of the best in the city :D Especially with the student buzz and cultural theme tagged to the area.
 

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It would be one of the best city centre campuses in the UK and Ireland. An area to rival, if not beat the Queens Quarter.

Just wish I would still be there in 2018 :eek:hno:
 

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^^

Doubt that tbh. Queens Quarter has been there for a very long time and is generally nicer with the gardens, open space, boutiques, nice cafés and restaurants and a nice buzz about the place.

I'm confident it'll be a superb new campus, but it won't rival Queens or that leafy campus feel it has.
 
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