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Belfast City Quays 2

by Grimshaw

Client Belfast Harbour Commissioners
RIBA Northern Ireland Award 2019

© Donal McCann

Speculative commercial office space is rarely the stuff of awards. The basic brief is straightforward, if not banal: that is to create clear, efficient, open space. There is little room for invention or complexity. Added to that mix, in terms of Belfast, are comparatively low rental values.

But this project is enlivened by the skill and enthusiasm that the architects had brought to this ubiquitous brief. They were assisted in this ambition by their client, Belfast Harbour Commissioners, who understood the potential of this particular site on the waterfront. The building addresses the dock edge with commercial units at the ground floor, thereby adding activity and colour to the waterfront walkway.

The architecture is concerned with simplicity, legibility, and efficiency. The building enjoys generous clear span spaces and full height glazing to all facades. The architects have directed their honed design skills to creating a handsome building with fine proportions and direct high quality detailing. The building achieved a BREEAM excellent rating which is all the more impressive given the challenging budget rates.

Internal Area 98,816 m²

Structural Engineers
Doran Consulting

Environmental / M&E Engineers Max Fordham

Project Management WH Stephens Project Management

Acoustic Engineers RPS Group Belfast

Landscape Architects The Paul Hogarth Company

Lighting Design Max Fordham

Quantity Surveyor / Cost Consultant WH Stephens Project Management

Sustainability Consultant Max Fordham

© Donal McCann
© Donal McCann
© Donal McCann
© Donal McCann
© Grimshaw
© Grimshaw
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