Ulster Hall

The Ulster hall is a Victorian concert hall built in 1862 and has played host to some of the biggest acts to visit Belfast over the last 150 years.  The Ulster Hall is a grade B1 listed building located in the centre of Belfast.  The project consists of a major refurbishment to the main hall, stage, 4 storey office accommodation, 1st floor gallery, specialised recording studio, kitchen, external façade and rooftop plant installation.


Key Facts

  • The chandeliers were designed to replicate the originals, with additional LED emergency lighting in each chandelier.  At a dead weight of 250kg each and the locations remaining constant, new winches were installed for ease of maintenance.  This necessitated new steelwork supports and a walkway decking network for future maintenance.  All this was installed on top of the existing 150 year old trusses.  Finally a state of the art dimming system was installed to allow stand-alone control or interfacing via a mixing desk for production lighting.
  • A bespoke production lighting truss system was designed and installed with a secondary steel network providing support from within the roof space area. The trusses are all electrically winched with a PC driven load shackle system, providing overload safety, whilst in the lowered position, each truss is capable of carrying 3 tonnes of production lighting.
  • Integrated within the existing stage, we installed 2 no. hydraulic ram lifts; totalling 12 metres in width plus a stand-alone flexi step system lift to the stage from the audience side.
  • The project was awarded the CEF/Specify Awards 2009 – Restoration Category winner and RSUA Design Awards 2010 – Commendation.

Client: Belfast City Council

Main Contractor: Graham Construction Ltd

Architect: Consarc

Consultant: B.D.P

Services: Mechanical and Electrical

Duration: 80 weeks

Value: £1,291,502

Location: Belfast