Brand-new facilities at QUB's Riddel Hall open to students and staff

26 September 2023

As the leaves begin to fall and the iconic red-brick buildings of Queen’s University Belfast open their doors to thousands of students and staff once again, we are pleased that some will be lucky enough to avail of the brand new, state-of-the-art extension to QUB’s renowned Business School at Riddel Hall in Stranmillis.

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The new 6,000 sqm build provides a suite of new facilities for learning, networking, doing business and socialising. Despite its sleek, modern design, it elegantly mirrors the architectural heritage of Riddel Hall next to it, a Grade 2 listed building which was first opened in 1913 following its foundation as a residence for female students at the university, thanks to a donation of £25,000 by Eliza and Isabella Riddel.

The newly opened extension includes the Mark Pigott Lecture Theatre – a 250-seat tiered educational space – a 120-seat Harvard Style lecture theatre, 150-seat computer laboratory, and a Financial Trading Room sponsored by FinTru. It also features a Business Engagement and Employability Hub where graduates will have the opportunity to interact with members of the business community to learn what life is like in their workplaces and hone their skills to better follow their chosen career path. For students thinking of starting their own businesses, there is even an Enterpreneurial Accelerator Hub on site as well. It features its own café, too.

We at Gravis worked closely with Todd Architects to secure planning approval for the exciting development. We are glad to support Queen’s as it continues to cement its status as a world-leading academic institution. Having facilities which are at the cutting edge of research and development is key in nurturing the best and brightest talent that our universities have to offer.

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