Queen’s University Belfast has unveiled that they plan to build a new Biological Sciences School that will set them back around £39 million.
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The school, which should be completed by the end of 2018, will be used to drive development and growth in the life of sciences and agri-food sectors in Northern Ireland. Currently, these sectors are responsible for creating around 80,000 jobs and bring in more than £5.5bn of sales every year.
The President at Queen’s University, Professor Patrick Johnson, had this to say about the new department being built: “This is a momentous occasion for the life sciences and agri-food sectors here in Northern Ireland, and further afield. Queen’s new School of Biological Sciences will be a power-house for these sectors, both of which have been identified as cornerstones of Northern Ireland’s future prosperity.”
He continued: “From food safety to disease and infection control, the work housed in our new School will not only be of global significance and importance, it will also impact positively on everyone’s lives here in Northern Ireland.”
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The building will provide research and training facilities for around 750 students and 170 members of staff whilst covering around 11,000m squared. The investment into the school is part of the University’s £700m 20 year capital investment programme. The school will have five floors around a central glazed atrium, with carbon reduction technologies installed such as combined heat and power engine and ventilation heat recovery units.
Professor Aaron Maule, head of the School of Biological Sciences said: “This new building will ensure we attract the best staff and students from Northern Ireland and around the world, and continue to produce graduates who are making a real and lasting impact in fields as diverse as agriculture, pharmaceuticals, food science, infectious diseases, marine sustainability and environmental management.”
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