The regeneration, refurbishment and extension of a Grade B+ five storey former college building into student accommodation comprising 292 ensuite bedrooms arranged in clusters with shared living rooms and kitchens, plus 121 self-contained studios.
Student common room facilities are located in the Grand Central Hall, which was lightly conserved and includes stained glass windows representative of the industry, science and arts of the industrial Belfast era. The existing College committee room was retained as a student study room and 8 studies were inserted into the original library space, with retention of the exposed hammer beam roof trusses.
Ancillary facilities include a laundry, designated storage areas and cycle parking, while the courtyard spaces are available for use by the students as external social areas. Additional new accommodation has been created within a fifth floor, with further sixth and seventh floors constructed over an existing west wing at the rear of the building.
Hamilton Architects worked with O’Hare & McGovern on this fast-track project, which required close liaison with NIEA to discharge Listed Building Consent conditions, and with Building Control to achieve Building Regulations approval.