Seamus Heaney Library, Queen's University Belfast
This new library building was constructed to provide a computer-based resource centre for the university and also to accommodate their short-term loan collection of books. The 3-storey structure comprises a reinforced concrete frame to eaves with exposed structural steel roof.
The brief for the building specified a high quality finish and flexibility of use. The external elevations were detailed to give the structure a quality finish as it is situated in an area of architectural heritage which is subject to planning restrictions. Internal columns were kept to a minimum and an exposed steel roof structure was adopted to provide a feature whilst giving additional height to the upper floor space. The use of good quality finishes has ensured low maintenance costs.