Open University HQ Opens In Belfast

Servicing Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, an expanded new Open University headquarters has now opened in Belfast.

It is designed to accommodate 58 university staff who support 350 part-time associate lecturers and more than 7,500 students.

The development on Victoria Street, of the six-storey Old Bank building, was carried out by Craigavon based interior fit out company Ardmac. A large roof top terrace was constructed using Deck25 solid composite decking. Deck25 is the low maintenance anti slip alternative to problematic timber decking. Mr. David Hanna, Managing Director of Decking NI Ltd said: "Working with Ardmac on the Open University project was a very straightforward process. Deck25 low maintenance decking was simply the best product for the job.
News Image
"Deck25 is the decking of choice for many architects and specifier's for commercial terrace and balcony projects. Deck25 plastic composite decking solves the two main problems associated with timber decking namely maintenance and slip resistance."

Dr Rosemary Hamilton, Director of the OU in Ireland, said: "This new city centre location will raise the profile of the OU in Ireland, enable us to be more accessible to our students. We look forward to continuing to provide higher education opportunities to people throughout Ireland from both the new headquarters in Belfast and the Enquiry and Advice Centre in Dublin."

Guests at the opening ceremony included Northern Ireland Minister for Employment and Learning Sir Reg Empey; writer, broadcaster and honorary graduate Olivia O'Leary; and OU graduate and tutor Marie Lavery, who all spoke at the event, together with representatives from the education community throughout Ireland.


Related Northern Ireland News Stories
Click here for the latest headlines.

29 November 2021
£150m Queen's Quay Development Consultation Launches
A new public consultation has been launched on the proposed £150m future development of the Queen's Quay area of Belfast's waterfront.
21 January 2016
Next Round Of College Open Days Announced
The Employment and Learning Minister, Stephen Farry, has launched the next round of college open days for prospective students.
17 October 2011
Deck25 Decking 'Goes Clubbing'
One of the largest roof top beer gardens in Northern Ireland has been completely refurbished. Co Londonderry's popular Sugar Nite Club - which has a capacity for 500 - is part of the Downey multi level bar complex on Shipquay Street in Derry. As part of the refurbishment a 200m2 low maintenance, anti-slip decking was installed.
13 August 2018
21st Annual European Heritage Open Day Launched
The Department for Communities has announced details of the 21st annual European Heritage Open Day, taking place across Northern Ireland on the 08–09 September. With over 300 venues taking part, this is one of Northern Ireland's largest free events open to the public.
17 November 2014
Thousands Attend European Heritage Open Days
A record number of people have attended European Heritage Open Days throughout Northern Ireland this year, Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has announced. In September of this year, he said 75,610 people took part in the celebration of European-built heritage, an increase of 11% from 2013.