Belfast Metropolitan College
The Belfast Metropolitan College is the largest provider of further and higher education in Northern Ireland. To support its move to a new home in the Titanic Quarter, we provided all civil, structural and building services engineering for a new £44M, 22,000sq m campus.
Designed to cater for 2500 students, the top quality facilities include science and technology laboratories, digital infrastructure and as well as provision for catering, hospitality and fashion.
The steel framed building comprises a pair of cranked ‘arms’ embracing an inner courtyard. Vertical circulation, services and sanitary facilities have been clustered around the junctions between the blocks.
Each arm has four storeys of teaching accommodation, linked by a five-storey triangular atrium to the south that resembles a ship’s prow and that forms the building’s main entrance. The northern end of the structure is linked by three footbridges spanning the access route into the site’s basement car park.
We adapted our design to accommodate a late request from the client for 300 parking spaces under the building, achieved cost-effectively using innovative temporary works solutions and by changing the structure from concrete to steel. Our advanced building energy modelling at early design stages, lifecycle analysis of services and a range of energy efficiency measures helped achieve award-winning sustainability performance.