Location
Belfast
Client
Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure
Project Value
£500,000
Architect
RE Quinn
Structural Engineer
Baillie Associates

Ulster Scots Refurbishment

The contract involved the phased alterations and refurbishment of the Grade B Listed Corn Exchange Building in Belfast City Centre to create the Ulster Scots Hub and visitors centre for te Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. The four story, former bank building constructed in the 19th century, was redeveloped to create office accommodation, visitors centre, exhibition and presentation space, a café and shop. The works were carried out in two phases with the Client in occupation of the lower floors while works were completed to the upper floors and then decanting to the completed upper floors to allow the lower floors to be completed.

Substantial works were required to fit-out and renovate the building such as taking down, removal and replacement of suspended ceilings and internal walls, replacement of the kitchen, revised partition layouts and joinery works including hardwood door sets, glazed partition screens, internal doors and bespoke reception desks. The re-fit also included the provision of new carpets and floor finishes, motorised blinds and acoustic absorbing materials. Extensive M&E services installations were carried out and integrated with the existing building including power, replacement lighting, data, access control, CCTV, fire alarms, air-conditioning and heat recovery. Alterations were also carried out to the toilet facilities to provide alternative sanitary ware.