Belfast, Northern Ireland

Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister (OFMDFM)

RICS Awards 2014
Project of the Year and Community Benefit Winner

RICS Awards 2013
Building Conservation – Highly Commended

William Keown Trust Access Award

The Gaol, designed by Sir Charles Lanyon in 1842, is of significant architectural and historical importance to Northern Ireland. In its day, it represented the most advanced ideas of penal planning, being the first in Ireland to be built on the radial cellular plan and one of the earliest of its type anywhere in the British Isles. In this multiple award-winning project, Hamilton Architects employed good conservation practice to sensitively conserve the Grade A listed Gatehouse and Administration Building in the front courtyard of the complex. The Gatehouse now accommodates a Gaol Shop, museum, reception and offices, while the Administration Building was refurbished for use as a conference centre.