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

Railway Gallery, Ulster Transport Museum

 

This project received a commendation at the Structural Steelwork Design Awards, with the judges saying the building was ‘practically designed with elegance, simplicity and economy.’

The reception building incorporates a 40-seater audio-visual studio on high ground adjoining the turntable site, which had to remain at the level of the Belfast-Bangor line of NI Railways. A glazed bridge linking Reception to the Gallery stands 4.5m above the Gallery floor.

The barrel-vaulted roof incorporates expressed, curved, tubular spaceframes. Gable bracing integrates with horizontal tie trusses to provide longitudinal stability as well as support to gable sheeting rails. The design evolved from merged architectural and structural ideas that reflect Victorian railway sheds such St Pancras.

Reinforced concrete buttresses at either side of the gallery dispose of the arch thrust forces from the roof. This was complicated to one side where the buttresses had to be integrated with the plantroom, and load-paths determined additional cross-walls within the plantroom’s ‘box’ structure.  The design of the buttresses allows air ducts to pass directly into the space frame trusses that support flexible ducts, so minimising obtrusive structures within the space.

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