Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (FCBS) has won planning permission for its £250 million Belfast City Campus for the University of Ulster
The competition-winning 70,000m² scheme comprises three buildings ranging from four to 12 storeys in height and is designed to accommodate up to 15,000 students and teaching staff.
Located in central Belfast’s ‘Cathedral Quarter’, the campus’ gallery, lower floor classrooms and parts of its library will be open to the public.
Phase one will start on site later this year and is expected to completed in 2015. The second phase of the project is due to finish in 2018.
Feilden Clegg Bradley partner Sam Tyler said: ‘The building will help regenerate the area [and will] foster interaction between the local communities and the university community’.
He added: ‘There are multiple entrances around the proposal which in the main respond to natural pedestrian routes and in other cases are positioned to encourage people to walk to the edge of the city core, thereby effectively extending activity to the northern parts of the site.’
Richard Barnett, Vice Chancellor of the University of Ulster, said the new campus would ‘usher in a thrilling new chapter in the development of the university, the city and the region’ and would provide ‘a first rate centre for research and innovation’.
He added: ‘This will be an open and accessible campus without iron gates or surrounding walls. We are keen that the entire community views this as their building, as their gateway into the city centre and not just the preserve of academics and students.’