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Field Clegg Bradley to design £250m UU city centre campus

A landmark development for Belfast City Centre, announced in today’s BD

Feilden Clegg Bradley wins biggest ever job
28 January 2011 | By David Rogers

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios has landed the biggest scheme in its history after wrapping up a £250 million deal to design a university campus in Northern Ireland.

The job, for Ulster University, is three times bigger than the 33-year-old firm’s previous largest, the £80 million Accordia development which in 2008 became the first housing scheme to win the Stirling Prize.

The university is moving the majority of its out-of-town campus onto a site known as the Cathedral Quarter in the middle of Belfast, and wants it to open in time for the start of the academic year in 2018. The rundown space earmarked for the 80,000sq m development is currently occupied by a car park and office blocks.

Such is the scale of the project that the practice plans to open a permanent office in Belfast to cope with the work. Senior partner Keith Bradley said: “We told the university we would open an office in Belfast and we’re hoping to do that by early summer.”

Bradley said up to 20 staff at the office – its third after Bath and London – would work on the project, and he expects the firm, which currently employs around 140 staff, to begin recruiting later this year.

Ulster University vice-chancellor Richard Barnett said: “The plan will transform the Cathedral Quarter and surrounding areas into a dynamic educational, cultural and creative destination.”

Continues: http://www.bdonline.co.uk/news/feilden-clegg-bradley-wins-biggest-ever-job/5012391.article

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