White Ink Architects worked with Scott Tallon Walker Architects on the new state-of-the-art teaching and research facility at Queen’s University Belfast, which is a key driver for the development and future growth of the life sciences and agri-food sectors in Northern Ireland.
The project was delivered as one of the first collaborative BIM Level 2 projects in Northern Ireland, which provided an enhanced level of coordination to the complex building while adding considerable value through the design and construction process.
The accommodation within the complex building contains various security and servicing requirements to a range of laboratories with specialist equipment, write up areas, and lecture theatre. The building was designed to allow for future expansion and spatial development, whilst maintaining the University’s focus on sustainability and achieving BREEAM Excellent.
The challenging site spans 3 full storey levels between 3 separate streets, and the design was carefully developed to maximise the 11,000m2 floorspace while permitting access to the building from each of these levels. An additional basement level permits much of the plant space to be located below ground level, minimising the visual impact of the building within the surrounding Malone Conservation Area.
The centralised glazed atrium known as ‘the street’ brings the building together both vertically and horizontally, while also maintaining the connection and ‘through flow’ with the external landscape alongside the new accessible pedestrian path linking Chlorine Gardens and Lennoxvale.
Photography by Vizz Creative
“White Ink Architects were always happy to engage in matters of minor detail, and that underpinned the success of this development.”
“We approached White Ink Architects following the viewing of their project – The Hill House. We felt that their careful response to working with and integration to existing buildings would be key to the success of our project. We are delighted with the openness of the new glazed extension and its ability to cross the divide between the internal and external realms.”
“White Ink Architects stood by their concept throughout design development and were able to demonstrate value when aspects of the design were challenged… such conviction has paid off… Project deliverables have met programme and quality targets.”
“They combine design flair with technical knowledge and bring the much needed element of ‘common sense’ to the design and build process.”
“They work in a collaborative and responsive way showing consideration and understanding of our functional needs, and our financial and time constraints.”
“They are always pro-active and prompt in dealing with the day to day issues that occur on a project.”
“…the refurbishment of the Whitehall Building is a feather in the cap for Sandy Row… its refurbishment breathes new life into the area.”
“White Ink Architects provided a unique and strong visual solution to this project working closely with our teams to ensure functionality was not compromised.”