Diggers begin work at new Belfast university
Work has begun on the new £250m University of Ulster campus in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter.
Demolition squads are razing to the ground the former Playboard building and York House, beside the existing York Street campus, clearing the way for the first phase of new construction.
The site will house a nine-storey building to be home to the Centre for Sustainable Technologies, student hub spaces, workshop, studio and office space, and the main sculpture and painting studios.
Other premises to be demolished to make way for the 76,500 square metre campus include the Interpoint Building. When completed, the new campus will consist of four interlinked buildings.
Designed by FeildenCleggBradley, they will be red brick and glass and white brick and glass to reflect the pattern of buildings in Royal Avenue.
The university is aiming to complete phase one of the ambitious scheme within the next two years.
Construction work is scheduled for completion in 2018 and will house more than 15,000 students and staff. It will replace the aging Jordanstown campus.