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

Tommy Makem Community & Arts Centre

 

This project required the demolition of an existing community centre and the construction of a large, more iconic building. Additional features involved restoring a heritage waterwheel, providing paths and creating a stepped podium to link the car park and the main building.

Facilities include a multi-purpose hall, an exhibition space, reception area, catering and dining spaces, toilets, offices and audio-visual provision.

Foundations are spread footings supporting a steel and concrete structure on rock.

Load-bearing walls are in reinforced concrete, polished and enhanced with quotations from Tommy Makem for aesthetic and cultural value. Several are angled to the vertical for dynamic effect. Floors are in visual concrete throughout.

The roof is largely steel with feature trusses; it includes an expressed steel beam with reinforced concrete soffit at first-floor level.

Storm drainage, including a hydro-brake to control flow and back up to off-set attenuation crates, was integrated with the local system.

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