The Museum was constructed in 1929 and the building interior was dark with limited space for displaying the collections. An additional 1,225 square metres of exhibition space were added to the existing museum, meaning that many unseen collections are now able to be displayed for the first time.
The project consisted of an extensive electrical services refurbishment installation in a Grade B1 Listed Building with a complexity of levels, a reinforced concrete structure and rigorous dedicated services routes.
- Due to the unique nature of the building it was crucial we co-ordinated all specialists to ensure all services were installed to meet the building sequence of works.
- The Museum was awarded the RICS Community Involvement Award, the coveted Arts Fund Prize for 2010 and the Museum & Heritage, Best Permanent Exhibition 2010.
- The project has reinvigorated the museums relationship with the people of Belfast and further afield resulting in significantly higher visitor numbers than ever before.
- The lighting schemes are a mixture of high pressure, PL, LED HIT, CDM and HQI light sources. All display areas, galleries and pilot lighting is controlled via interfaces to BMS outstations.
- The theatre is a stand-alone system complete with stage lighting, house lighting and walkway lighting all integrated with scene sets and projection equipment. External colour floodlighting has independent addressable controls accessed from a central position. Various exhibition areas have blackout curtains integrated with display times.
- A comprehensive IT system is installed consisting of 8 no. distribution cabinets throughout the building. These cabinets are linked with multicore fibres and with multicores copper backbone cabling. The system is interfaced with interactive displays throughout all exhibition areas.
Client: National Museums Northern Ireland
Main Contractor: Patton Construction
Consultant: Bennett Robertson
Duration: 80 weeks