Queen’s University Belfast Estates Department

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Queen’s University Belfast Estates Department


Welcome to the Estates Directorate

The University’s estate is one of its most valuable assets, second only to its staff and students, and it is essential that it provides a high quality sustainable physical environment that is properly managed, ensures value for money and can support the Corporate Plan objectives.

Capital Development

Major Projects and Works

Queen’s vibrant campus continues to be enhanced through a multi-million pound capital development programme aimed at offering an exceptional student experience and high quality education, and to grow an efficient, effective and sustainable enterprise.

Over the past decade, we have invested almost £350 million in schemes to support world-class research and education and to provide an exceptional student experience. These have included the award-winning McClay Library, the Centre for Cancer Research and Cell Biology, the William J. Clinton Leadership Institute at Riddel Hall, new sports facilities in the PEC and at Upper Malone, and redevelopment of the Elms Village.

But we’re only half-way there! Over the next decade we will invest at least the same amount again, as we continue to enhance our role as a world-leading University, promoting global excellence and local impact.  Click here to find out more about the Masterplan for the Main Site, including a new home for the School of Law in the former Library Tower and the redevelopment of the historic Lynn Building as a Postgraduate Student Centre; the new Centre for Experimental Medicine on the Health Sciences campus; the remodelling of the Bernard Crossland Building to create 21st century facilities for Computer Science; and plans for a new-build School of Biological Sciences on the former Science Library site.

The Estate

Designing a high quality sustainable physical environment

Over the last ten years the University has been implementing a major capital development programme, designed to ensure a high quality sustainable physical environment which is safe, attractive, accessible, and fit for purpose.

The estate at Queen’s includes over 250 buildings, of which 98 are listed as being of special architectural interest. There are also playing fields and grounds extending to over 100 acres.

Most of the buildings are located in the main campus area of south Belfast, but the estate also includes major medical buildings at the Royal Group of Hospitals in west Belfast, an ’embedded’ floor in the Belfast City Hospital tower block, and a specialist Marine Biology Centre in Portaferry, Co Down.

The buildings range from the original Victorian Lanyon Building of 1845 to the international-style 60’s tower-blocks, through to the modern purpose-built properties constructed in the last decade.

The main University area is a former Victorian suburb, retaining a strong flavour of its original identity, ambience and character. The majority of the University buildings are situated in one of three adjacent Conservation Areas, namely Queen’s, Malone and Stranmillis.