Belfast, Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland Assembly Commission

Parliament Buildings is home to the Northern Ireland Assembly and is recognised as one of Northern Ireland’s great architectural set pieces. The building officially opened in 1932, was designed in Greek Classical tradition and constructed by Stewart Partners Ltd under the guidance of architect Arnold Thornley who later received a Knighthood from George V in recognition of his architectural work.

It is one of Northern Ireland’s iconic buildings and attracts considerable interest due to its history, location and purpose. It attracts up to 75,000 visitors per year and is also a working environment with upwards of 700 personnel providing accommodation for members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs), their support staff, political parties and their support staff, Ministerial offices, the media, various contractors and the Assembly secretariat.

Leading a multi-disciplined team, we developed a scheme design ensuring that all aspects promoted sustainability and helped to minimise the environmental impact, producing tender documentation for a construction project and managing the project to completion, while ensuring that the integrity of the listed status of Parliament Buildings was maintained at all times.

The work required for the roof repair project fell broadly into the following categories:

  • Repair and refurbishment of the existing roof fabric
  • Rationalisation of existing M&E plant installations serving the building
  • Appropriate environmental improvements/renewable technologies
  • Reorganisation of the existing 4th floor accommodation to create additional usable floor area

There was considerable stakeholder involvement with this project. The work was undertaken whilst the building remained fully operational and a major consideration in planning the project was minimising the noise and disruption that would occur, to allow the business of the Assembly to continue uninterrupted.

We delivered this project using BIM (Building Information Modelling).