18th October 2016

Clear Structures’ striking façade for new Queen’s University building

We were delighted to play our part in developing the new £13m computer science building which recently opened at the prestigious Queen’s University in Belfast.

The scale and capacity of the original building had become inadequate to support a high quality student experience and the growth in student numbers. A new four-storey high building was therefore designed using part of the structural frame of the existing building and providing a new multi-storey link to adjacent buildings.

Clear Structures was commissioned by Omagh Aluminium Systems to design the curtain walling elements of both the original and new buildings, creating a striking multi-coloured glazed façade. The bespoke glass fins which project into the walling were exceptionally challenging, owing to their varying lengths and the rigidity of the curtain walling.

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This new landmark building, which provides around 5,025m² of space, incorporates student hub facilities, laboratories, lecture space and office accommodation. It has achieved a BREEAM Excellent rating for its high level of energy efficiency.