Designing for sustainability at Queen’s University Belfast

Queen’s University Belfast is a champion of sustainable development within the higher education sector and aspires to be among the top ten environmentally friendly universities in the UK.

Building on the success of its Carbon Management Plan, the university is aiming to use its estate as an exemplar of best environmental practice and establish the campus infrastructure and buildings as an active teaching and research laboratory.

To deliver on the university’s ambitions, we supported the creation of an updated sustainable development design brief that focuses on optimising sustainable outcomes within future capital works.

“This is a cutting-edge design brief that builds sustainability decision-making into each capital project type and stage, driving close alignment with the Estates Project Management System.”

Turner & Townsend director Philip Blake commented on the wide scope of the brief. “This is a cutting-edge design brief that builds sustainability decision-making into each capital project type and stage, driving close alignment with the Estates Project Management System.

“The revised brief enables the university to work more effectively with designers and other project stakeholders. It also sets a clear overall direction as well as mandatory and preferred actions across criteria including biodiversity, energy consumption, user health and wellbeing, and social impact.

We developed the core content through a series of workshops to ensure requirements fully aligned with the university’s sustainability vision and objectives.”

The updated design brief combines our project management and sustainability expertise in a single strategic framework. It will keep Queen’s University at the forefront of sustainability performance, attracting exceptional students and staff, and securing future investment.