The Queen’s University project (Belfast) was designed by TODD Architects Ltd. Felix O'Hare acted as brickwork contractor using Lincoln Red bricks by Wienerberger.
An ambitious project which has been successful in enhancing the site and providing a range of accommodation. The aim to replace a concrete clad building within a brick courtyard at the heart of the University has been achieved. The new building sits well within its surroundings. The project relied on stripping back the existing 1960's building to the concrete frame, manipulating the frame and refitting walls, floors, stairs, lifts, services and the external skin. This has fully realised the potential of the site and the choice of brick has embedded the building within its surroundings. Good brickwork is evident despite the restraint imposed by an existing structure not designed for 'brick' cladding. The University was interested in a long-term solution that would benefit them in the future, thus sustainability has been an integral consideration. The University seems confident that not only has the functional brief been satisfied but also that the main courtyard of the University has been enhanced.