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John Bell House College Square East

Project Info

  • Project Category:
  • Project Name:
    John Bell House College Square East
  • Client:
    Watkins Jones & Sons & Lacuna Developments
  • Location:
    John Bell House College Square East
  • Architect:
    Hamilton Architects

Project Overview

We are delighted to be awarded this prestigious project which will see the development of 413 private student bedrooms at John Bell House; the former Belfast Metropolitan College building at College Square East.

The five storey historic building was constructed in 1902 to accommodate the Belfast Municipal Technical Institute which was one of the first buildings in Belfast with electricity, and phones were fitted throughout. The building even had its own radio station for communications with ships and every room had a centrally controlled clock.

The landmark building will retain the large sweeping staircases with beautiful stained glass windows, with each room stylishly designed to feature study areas, a kitchen with breakfast bar and en suite shower room.

The refurbishment and extension of the building will provide 292 no en-suite bedrooms and 121no. studio bedrooms alongside a reception/management suite, outdoor and indoor communal amenity areas, plant and storage areas and cycle parking.

The transformed building will see an oak panelled study space situated on the ground floor, whilst the grand hall is being converted to a stunning social space for students, complete with TV and games, and the perfect venue for social events.

The grade 2 listed building will be transformed into luxury student accommodation which will be available from September this year for students from all Colleges and Universities within the City Centre.

In November 2014 it was announced that the building will be renamed 'John Bell House' after Belfast Scientist John Stewart Bell who studied in the building in the early 20th century.

Key Features

  • Historic Grade 2 Listed Building
  • Asbestos removal
  • Accommodates 413 students
  • City Centre location
  • Refurbishment
  • Restricted site
  • New access routes
  • Studio & En-suite bedrooms
  • Kitchen/study areas
  • Indoor & Outdoor communal amenity areas