University of Ulster Greater Belfast

The GBD project aims to relocate the majority of the University of Ulster’s Jordanstown campus to the new facility on York Street, Belfast. The new Belfast Campus will have in the region of 11,292 Full Time Equivalent students and around 1,280 staff.

The proposed development consists of:

• Replacement of the existing Interpoint building with an extended elevation along Frederick Street; the structure will be of various heights, ranging from 4 to 12 storeys.

• A 9 storey structure located on the site of and following the demolition of the existing York House and Playboard buildings.

• Replacement of the existing Orpheus and Metropole House buildings with a 2 to 9 storey building, fronting onto York Street.

Issues Encountered

• Modern design adjacent to a conservation area and listed buildings

• Visual impact of a tall building with significant mass

• Potential to generate significant traffic

• Full range of other environmental issues

Our Involvement

We project managed the Environmental Impact Assessment process. We carried out the initial scoping exercise in conjunction with DoE Planning and then procured and managed the EIA team on behalf of the client. We worked with the design team throughout the EIA process advising on the environmental implications of the proposal and how to adjust the design to keep environmental effects to a minimum. We produced the Environmental Statement and Non Technical Summary which were subsequently submitted with the planning application in March 2012.A further adjustment and addendum to the Environmental Statement was required in September and then October 2012 and we were responsible for managing that process and producing the statements.

Details

  • Location:York Street, Belfast
  • Client:University of Ulster
  • Status:Post-Application
  • Type:Environmental Impact
Belfast:
1 Pavilions Office Park, Kinnegar Drive, Holywood, BT18 9JQ
Dublin:
Denshaw House, 121 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland
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Belfast:
1 Pavilions Office Park, Kinnegar Drive, Holywood, BT18 9JQ
Dublin:
Denshaw House, 121 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2, Ireland