Queen’s University Student’s Union

The brief

The brand new Queens University Students Centre and Students Union is set right in the heart of the vibrant city of Belfast. The original Students Union was built in 1967 and back in the 1990’s housed one of Belfast’s most renowned nightclubs known as Shine.

The new building incorporates the Students Union on one side of the building and Student Services on the other. With sleek interior and exterior design this is a major building that really blends in to the main students hub in the centre of Belfast.

Beyond Signage were delighted to have been chosen as the main signage contractor for this prestigious project.

We manufactured and installed:
– Six fully anodized aluminium columns, infilled with opal Perspex and internally illuminated with colour changing RGB LED’s
– All internal directional signage, door names and wayfinding
– A huge 6m wide neon sign suspended from the ceiling as you walk into the building
– All fully anodized building signs incorporating the new ‘thumbprint’ brand for the students union as well as the original Queens University branding
– Over 800m of frosted manifestations onto the glazing combined with digitally printed graphics. Each pane of glass runs into the next right throughout the building to maintain a constant flow of lines throughout that represent the new ‘thumbprint’ brand.
– 150 sqm of the architectural wall coverings Buzziskin Jungle and Buzziskin Green
– Two neon signs installed onto a living moss wall
– Four sets of built up lettering for the new Mandela Hall and Union Bar
– Printed illustrations that were drawn from scratch by local artist Fiona McDonnell and digitally printed by ourselves for application to the walls and glazing.
– Hanging hand made clouds and hanging Perspex features
– A history room combining printed wallpaper, Perspex boxes and vinyl graphics showing the history of the building from 1967 to the present day.
– 200 sqm of the amazing, colour changing Dichroic film onto the internal glazing
– 70 linear metres of Solyx 1524 reeded film across many of the internal glazing

We can honestly say that this was one of the most inspiring wayfinding and signage projects we have been involved with so far and we are immensely proud of the finished result.

Photo credit must go to the very talented Gareth Andrews who can be found at www.garethandrews.photography.