Civic Building set to serve the public for many years to come…
“The Civic Building is now on a par with other key council administrative buildings in the borough, which have been significantly enhanced as part of an ongoing modernisation programme.”
Among the many improvements are new double-glazed windows, external doors and ventilation and air-conditioning systems; electrical rewiring of the entire building; an upgrade of the heating system; creation of open plan, smaller offices and new meeting rooms; a new ramp and disabled parking spaces; an upgrade of the IT infrastructure; replacement of all ground floor ceilings; and new audio-visual equipment.
The Civic Building will accommodate some 75 staff working in Building Control, Community Planning, Environmental Health, Environmental Services, Estates and Asset Management and Registration.
The re-opening of the Civic Building has enabled other council buildings in the town to be reviewed.
In the coming weeks, Community Development staff will relocate to the Gate Lodge in Linenhall Street, while a number of support services along with Leisure, Events and Regeneration staff will be based at the Old Technical Building on Downshire Road.
Cleary Contracting was exceptionally proud to be a major part of these renovations.
Cleary Contracting carried out refurbishments and new lift installation at the Stormont Buildings under strict rules for the Grade II listed building. The building must continue to function no matter whats happening so reduced noise levels and dust extraction was a major task.
Known as Stormont because of its location in the Stormont area of Belfast, is the seat of the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Northern Ireland Executive.
Details: Refurbishment Works and DDA Improvements at Stormont Parliament Buildings Client Name: Department of Finance and Personnel
Overview of the Project: Our responsibility as the main contractor on this scheme was to co-ordinate the works throughout parliament buildings, maintaining low noise and dust levels to lessen any disruption to the building users. The building is Grade ll listed, therefore, all works and refurbishments were carried out in a sympathetic manner. This scheme comprised off the fitting of external DDA provisions, the installation of a full 8 person lift, with stone marble and bronze handrail finishes to internal stair wells. Provision of new Rosewood fitted furniture to Post Office and Tourist Information Desk.
Location: Stormont Estate, Belfast
Architect: Consarc Design Group The Gas Office 4 Cromac Quay Belfast BT7 2JD
Carrickfergus Waterfront is an area of Carrickfergus situated on the north shore of Belfast Lough, which includes two harbour facilities, several restaurants and bars and promenade areas.
The harbour features a 258-metre quay which is a popular area for fishing and short leisurely walks (especially in the case of tourists to the town).
200 metres west of the harbour is Carrickfergus Marina, a purpose-built marina basin opened in 1985.
It provides 300 berths, is professionally supervised and offers individual access to water and electricity. Fuel services are at hand and the complex also provides lifting equipment.
The Marina is located in a hub of activity close to a modern complex accommodating restaurants, a children’s play facility/park, a six-screen cinema, a Sainsburys supermarket, a sailing club and The Windrose – a popular bar/restaurant overlooking the marina.
During 2004/2005 the “Harbour Point” was built in the area between the harbour and marina. The building features a restaurant as well as a bar/lounge on the ground floor and a popular nightclub on the floor above. In the same time period several other establishments were built surrounding the harbour, including Brewer’s Fayre, a family restaurant specialising in seafood, and a Premier Inn.
This project involved the removal of existing pavings, hardcore, mesh, concrete, BWICS for lighting columns, manholes etc. Supply and installation of litter bins, supply and installation of 12 stainlesssteel benches. Bollards, railings, intermediate rails to steps, mechanical and electrical services.
Strengthening and refurbishment 900mts of harbour & sea front wall, works included placement of 100m3 of reinforced concrete & laying of 500m2 of Caithness stone.
The scheme involved the demolition and removal of the gable end of the existing workshop, excavating off-site before forming a new base below existing ground level.
NIR York Road Running Repair Extension
Project Details: Extension of existing 3 number maintenance pits and workshop drainage into new extension; formed new workshop floor as well as the supply and fix of 122 number bolt boxes and uprights to suit new rail track for 3 number maintenance pits for heavy rail maintenance. Erection of steel portal frame and new envelope formed in roof cladding. Installation of new walkways and access stairs within workshop for fitters. External works consisted of diverting all existing site drainage and providing additional parking spaces for staff.
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.
Client Name: Department of Finance & Pesonnel (DFP NI)
New build category A office building.
‘Rapid Build’ construction on site. The building consisted of 24 pre-fabricated sections delivered and craned into position. Central lift core and stairs constructed from blockwork. Building external fabric consisted of Kingspan insulated composite roof cladding, external wall cladding in Tegral Natura & Cedar cladding with K-rend feature panels.
Structural strengthening is the process of upgrading structures to improve performance under existing loads or to increase the strength of structural members to carry additional loads. The need for structural strengthening is commonly driven by building codes, deterioration, change in use, or deficiencies caused by design and/or construction errors.
Work to be done on the outside of the building includes the complete replacement of the main roof coverings and the repairing and re-pointing of walls and stonework, while new paving is to be installed in the grotto area, which is dedicated to Our Lady of Lourdes.
St Mary’s, in Chapel Lane in the city centre, will undergo both external and internal restoration between May and August but will be open as normal for the majority of that time.
It follows on from the first phase of development work on the church, which was completed in 2014.
In a message to parishioners in the weekly bulletin, the parish administrator, Fr James Boyle, wrote: “I wish to confirm….that the proposed external refurbishment and internal redecoration of the Church will commence on Monday 8th May and is due to be completed by Friday 18th August.”
Restoration work will be carried out on both the inside and outside of the church, lasting from May to August. Picture by Hugh Russell
The main walls and ceilings inside the church, where Mass was first celebrated in 1784, will also be cleaned down and repainted.
Fr Boyle wrote: “The external work will not cause any disruption to the daily operation of the Church, however, the internal redecoration will result in the main Church being closed for a period which will not exceed three weeks.
“The relevant dates will be confirmed ASAP at which time we will clarify the alternative arrangements for daily celebration of Masses.”
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