Raidió Fáilte’s new headquarters (Líonra Uladh) is a state-of-the-art building boasting the most up to date broadcasting equipment as well as the most amazing views of Belfast.
Cleary Contracting acted as the principle building contractors for the project. The project involved some innovative building techniques for both the design and function of the building.
As a radio station the acoustics of the rooms are of utmost importance. So much so that in the recording studios of the building, no walls are at exact right angles. The technique is used to avoid feedback when recording.
Each recording studio is almost “a room within a room”. The studios have an internal wall and external wall. And internal windows as well as external windows – another design feature to reduce exterior noise.
The site of the new building is at one of Belfast’s busiest junctions, where Divis Street meets the Westlink. Previously an area of high social deprivation and “a hub for antisocial behaviour”, the award winning Raidió Fáilte building has become a leading example of how design, client passion and strategic vision can deliver real and lasting community benefit.
Previously an area of high social deprivation and “a hub for antisocial behaviour”, the award winning Raidió Fáilte building has become a leading example of how design, client passion and strategic vision can deliver real and lasting community benefit.
RICS Community Benefit Award
The Judges at RICS were impressed by the Raidió Fáilte team’s clear commitment to community engagement and enrichment programmes, facilitated by their new building.
The building appears as a small tower marking this critical point in the city. It is brick externally with gold anodised perforated sliding screens which close the building up at night.
During the day the screens slide to reveal a popular café on the ground floor. Internally the building is surprisingly light filled. The tower is carefully and efficiently planned, adopting clever strategies in order to open up the single stair to the rest of the floors.
Located beside the main arterial routes to Belfast and Dublin and have a diverse range of facilities.
Standing at 65 acres this fantastic venue is situated only one mile from Sprucefield Retail Park off Junction seven on the M1 motorway. With an ideal location including excellent links to two major cities, Belfast and Lisburn and both of Belfast’s airports, Eikon is the perfect venue for any event organiser.
The venue has already proven to be a major player in the events industry and has hosted a number of high profile events including the Balmoral Show, MCM Comic Con, Northern Ireland Motorcycle Festival, UCAS Higher Education Convention, Motability and Disability Exhibitions and Dubshed.
Eikon not only has experienced events and operations staff but its delivery in excellence is supported by the selection of preferred contractors who are all recognised as being the best in their field.
The complete refurbishment and conservation works to the existing stone built Boat House within the Conservation Area of Whitehead. The works included a full re-roof with natural Bangor Blue Slate. Installation of lead vent slates and wind vane on roof. Decorative rafter tails and fascia. Installation of cast iron roof lights and lead flashings. Formation of new dorma window and sliding sash window. New sandstone formed and installed around main entrance door. Existing stone work re-built were failed and re-pointed through out with traditional lime mix render. New concrete floor internally with built in electro osmosis system for a DPC. New external railingand fencing. New concrete yard for hand standing all below ground sevices within Historical Building Ref-HB22/06/011K Status Grade B2 Listed Building.
The works involved the re-roofing of 12 number tenanted houses within the village of Cushendun on behalf of the National Trust. The scope of works – Removal and replacement of all natural slate roof coverings. Creation of new insulated roofs and dormers. New lead work throughout. Replacement cast iron rainwater goods. Refurbishment and replacement of both casement and sliding sash timber windows by traditional techniques. Laising directly with the tenants the scheme was completed within programme.
Architect: Chris McCollum Building Conservation Surveyor
Client Name: National Trust
Overview of the Project: The National Trust attraction has undergone internal alterations and visitors can now enjoy new enhanced facilities. Alterations included the formation of structural openings to the ground floor to provide a new café, shop and interpretation area. The new tea room is cleverly designed to bring the outdoors indoors; with the colour scheme depicting the four seasons, customers can also enjoy a new outdoor patio area.
Client Name: Northern Health and Social Care Trust
Overview of the Project: We recently completed the full refurbishment of Glenmona House for the Northern Health and Social Care Trust. Glenmona House is a grade A listed building so full restorative works were carried out in a sympathetic manner with traditional construction methods used where possible. The main works included: repairs and refurbishment of 75 sash windows, 48 Victorian doors, repairs to existing internal and external cornices and mouldings, re-slate roofs and isolated repairs to others using nail and bib technique. Repointing of 18th century perimeter walls to courtyard, involving stripping ivy and weeds, raking out joints and using a lime sand mortar to repoint the stonework and rebed coping stones and reinstate falling stones for the entire wall. Sand blast cleaning of all external walls, removing years of built up paint, raking out cracks in render using expoxy render filler to repair cracks, repaint cracks, repaint walls in Kiem Soldalit paint to match existing.
Design and Build new storage facility for vehicle parts. Constructed on piled foundations, ground beams, RC floors with steel portal frame. Wall & roof cladding with fall arrest system. Facing block throughout with internal racking installed to clients specification and needs.
Project Details: This project consisted of the construction of a 3-storey steel framed office building with adjacent access road and parking; fit out of building with M&E Services and Lift Installation. The Building had been pre-let as part of the Clients initial decision to proceed with the works. As such the quality of our work was very closely monitored with both the Architect and the end user monitoring quality on continuously, subsequently both parties were extremely happy with the outcome.
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