We hope to recruit a graduate structural engineer to work in our Belfast office. If you have two years' experience working in an engineering consultancy firm and would like to discuss this opportunity, please contact Steven Sloan at 028 9066 7951. Taylor & Boyd, Winners at RICS Awards 2017: Bishop's Gate Hotel (Tourism & Leisure), Brooke Park (Community Benefit), Arvalee School & Resource Centre (Design Through Innovation); Winner at European Healthcare Design 2017: NHS Healthcare Design: Radiotherapy Centre, Altnagelvin Hospital

CRUN – Causeway Rural & Urban Network

 

This 3-storey office block was designed in response to the needs of a community charity and was developed on an uncontaminated, brown-field site at a level area on raised ground in Coleraine. The hub has a floor area of approximately 9000 square feet and comprises offices, meeting rooms, kitchen, toilets, etc.

An existing building was demolished and the adjacent properties on three sides of the corner site were shored up to prevent damage during construction. Close monitoring of vibrations and meticulous checking of neighbouring walls allowed construction to proceed without damage. Drainage was integrated with the existing local system and a piling solution allowed foundations to be placed between the various existing subterranean services.

A steel frame and pre-cast concrete floors are footed on traditional strip and pad foundations, that were ‘balanced’ between the existing building footprints on the corner site location. The roof structure is a mixture of steel framed ‘cut roof’ and wooden trusses, which allows a wide and partially vaulted area at second floor for the proposed offices. Original slates were re-used.

Hoarding isolated members of the public from the works. Roads and paths were maintained and the glass frontage of the building’s ground-floor retail unit was finished to complement the streetscape. (Photographs courtesy of Richard Patterson, CRUN and P&K McKaigue Ltd.)

(Photographs courtesy of Richard Patterson, CRUN and P&K McKaigue Ltd.)

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