A complex scheme which ticks many boxes
TODD Architects for Queen’s University Belfast
Contract value: £15.6m
GIA: 14,982 m²
Cost per m²: £1,041
This new School of Law integrates impressively with the adjacent Gothic and Tudor style library and music school. It is a redevelopment that has retained the structure of the old tower, reducing it in height while adding additional accommodation at the lower levels. Although the total floorspace has increased, the overall form is now respectful of the streets and squares that surround it.
Internally, low floor-to-ceiling heights in the retained library frame have been remodelled to ensure a sense of lightness and air, with central voids cut from the original block. This is a complex scheme which ticks many boxes in terms of serviced accommodation, spatial experience and sustainable reuse. This part of the university is a better place because of it.