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School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast

Three distinct facades work with three different street conditions

School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.
School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast. Credit: Paul Burke

Scott Tallon Walker Architects and White Ink Architects for Queen’s University Belfast
Contract value: £29m 
GIA: 11,000m2
Cost per m2: £2,636

Previously scattered undergraduate teaching and research activities of five university academic departments are brought together in the characterful Malone Conservation Area. Three distinct facades work with three different street conditions while remaining instantly recognisable as a civic building. The Eichenbuhler red sandstone cladding was chosen to respect the colour and tone of surrounding terraces, while reflecting its use on other historic buildings in Belfast City. Inside, a stepped multi-level concourse brings natural light deep into the plan and helps deal with the site’s 8m drop. Laboratories were designed around the concept of ‘labs on display’.

  • School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.
    School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast. Credit: Paul Burke
  • School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.
    School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast. Credit: Peter Cook
  • School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.
    School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast. Credit: Peter Cook
  • School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast.
    School of Biological Sciences, Queen’s University Belfast. Credit: Peter Cook
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