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Campuses of the future – Loughry

Many of the buildings at Loughry Campus used for teaching, student residential accommodation and staff offices were built in the 1960’s and are now not fit for purpose.  The condition of them has declined significantly and they are inefficient to run in terms of energy consumption, maintenance requirements and student management. The aim of this project is to ensure that the buildings and facilities at Loughry meet the current and future needs of staff, students and the agri-food industry and project a positive image of the college.

The primary objective of Loughry is to develop learners’ skills and competitiveness through education, training, business and technology programmes to meet the needs of the food industry.  The history of Loughry can be found here.

Hood McGowan Kirk were appointed as the Integrated Consultancy Team in August 2022 and have progressed the designs with input from key internal stakeholders.

Proposed entrance to Hub Building

Design Proposals

Phase 1 – Construction of new Student Residential Accommodation

Phase 1 will see the construction of new student residential accommodation comprising 110 ensuite student bedrooms with self-catering facilities, communal areas including a movie room and a number of social spaces.

Phase 2 – Construction of new Hub, Conference Centre and Science Building

Phase 2 will see the construction of a new front-of-house reception area, a dedicated conference centre with dining facilities and a new Science Centre incorporating Food Microbiology, Food Chemistry, Food Packaging and Robotics. 

It is envisaged that the new dining area will become the hub of the campus with links to the staff building and the science building.  These buildings will have a view onto a central landscaped quadrangle.

View of proposed science building from the boulevard space
View of proposed internal quadrangle space

Phase 3 – Construction of Staff/Teaching Building

Phase 3 will see the construction of the staff/teaching building which will comprise a mix of classrooms, a tiered lecture theatre and staff office accommodation.

Aerial image of proposed development

Planning – Public Consultation

We welcome your participation in this process. Your views are an important part of the development process and we want to understand the views of the local community prior to finalising the design and making a formal planning application to Mid-Ulster District Council.

The plans as presented are likely to be further developed and refined as part of this process in response to environmental considerations and the feedback from the community obtained through this consultation process.

If you have any queries or want to find out more about the project, please contact the Planning Consultants’ team using the details below:


Post: Loughry Campus Consultation, Turley, Hamilton House, 3 Joy Street, Belfast, BT2 8LE


Telephone Number (freephone):  0808 1688 296

All comments or feedback should be received no later than Friday 26th May 2023.