Hamilton Design £12m Historic Signature Building for DAERA

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Hamilton Architects, designers of DAERA’s new headquarter building at Ballykelly in Co Londonderry, have helped make a little bit of history.

The £12m signature project marks the most significant relocation of headquarter posts by a government department to a rural area of Northern Ireland.

Plans to relocate the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs from Dundonald House in east Belfast to Ballykelly were first mooted in 2012.

Eventually, the move will mean the reassignment of around 500 civil service jobs to the 3 storey facility near Limavady, which has been in use since March this year.

The 5,172m2 building accommodates 470 work stations and an inbuilt infrastructure allowing for future expansion. Designed to be environmentally friendly, it has set a BREEAM rating of ‘excellent’.

Specifications were developed to ensure cost verification and value for money throughout the design stages, while quality standards took account of functionality, build quality and impact on the local surroundings.

The result is a state-of-the-art design which delivers dynamic interiors incorporating communal, outward-looking spaces that serve as circulation as well as breakout areas.

In a flexible arrangement which neither disrupts nor compromises the efficiency of the open plan offices, these spaces are also available for local community use.

DAERA’s move to Ballykelly is part of a Departmental HQs Relocations Programme which will help share wealth across the economy and contribute to better-balanced economic growth.