Queen’s University Belfast, McClay Library


Belfast, Northern Ireland  |  2004-2009

At Shepley Bulfinch
From DD to Completion

A new sustainable building for library and math faculty in the Queen’s University in Belfast. Received a “very good” rating under the BREEAM, UK’s Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) roughly equivalent to LEED Silver certification. Natural light sensors and automatically operated windows reduce electricity consumption and a rainwater recycling system for greywater conserves water. A natural ventilation system throughout much of the building and the strategic use of chilled beams to cool classrooms and computer-intensive spaces significantly reduce energy costs.

To meet the needs of Queen’s expanding enrollment the library has 2,000 reader places and houses 1.5 million volumes, including the University’s special collections. Facilities include exhibition space, a cafe, and language lab.