Showing posts with label Construction. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Construction. Show all posts

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Retrofitting - Realising the Advantages | Tues 2 May, 9.30 - 4pm

On Tuesday 2nd May, 9.30 - 4pm the Chartered Institute of Housing and CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, in partnership with PLACE, present a day event focussed on retrofitting.

The need to improve the energy performance of existing houses and buildings is generally recognised by industry and the general public and it is further driven by various Government targets. However how to retrofit effectively is less well understood. This seminar will give attendees an opportunity to examine why retrofitting is important, what regulations are in place and what are the advantages of retrofitting our housing stock.

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Speakers include Tom Wooley (Rachael Bevan Architects), Roger Hunt (Journalist), Joseph Birt (Building Control), Peter Keig (Eco-Energy (NI) Ltd), Noel Rice (NIHE). For a full agenda for the day visit

Date: Thursday 2nd May 2013, 9.30am - 4pm

Venue: CITB-ConstructionSkills NI, Nutts Corner Training Centre, 17 Dundrod Road, Crumlin, BT29 4SR

Cost: £85 plus VAT (£75 for CIH members)

Book Online: CLICK HERE

More Information: Contact Catriona Holmes at CIH on 028 9077 8222 or email [email protected]

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Thursday, 29 September 2011

More support needed for local timber and renewable products, says leading architect

A former Professor of Architecture at Queen’s University Belfast has called on leading bodies to support the local timber industry. Tom Woolley feels that timber buildings are less common in Northern Ireland than elsewhere because there is ignorance about the merits of timber among architects and the wider construction industry.

Above: Professor Tom Woolley
“Timber construction is more more sustainable and environmentally friendly than cement and concrete”, says Tom Woolley, who was Professor at QUB between 1991 and 2007. “Concrete has been unfairly subsidised due to the Aggregates Levy Credit Scheme, which is now coming to an end. More support should be given to local timber and the renewable products which are now available to use.”

“The Northern Ireland Construction Industry Group does a good job promoting the interests of cement and concrete, as well as the wider construction industry - but has not done enough on the sustainability agenda,” says Professor Woolley. “The Quarry Products Association acts as a secretariat to the Northern Ireland Assembly Construction Group. MLAs need to know more about the benefits of timber.”

Professor Woolley will chair an upcoming conference organised by PLACE Architecture Centre and Wood-NI on 12th October at the Ulster Hall, exploring the future of timber construction in Northern Ireland.

“Our aim is to bring all the different people with an interest in timber frame buildings and wood based products to strengthen knowledge and support for the design, aesthetic, health and environmental benefits of wood,” says Professor Woolley.

The conference will feature speakers including prominent architects Glenn Howells and John Gilbert, who have designed many innovative timber frame buildings in England and Scotland. Delegates will also be given a policy briefing by the Forest Service.

Other speakers will highlight case studies of timber buildings in Ireland and Northern Ireland and show examples of innovative and sustainable timber products, materials and construction methods. These will feature the new Tesco store in Newtownards and several low energy housing projects. The conference is organised by PLACE Architecture Centre in conjunction with WoodNI and has been sponsored by a number of key organisations.


- Download the conference flyer [PDF, 80kb]

- PLACE & Wood-NI: Timber Construction & Design in Northern Ireland conference

Friday, 30 October 2009

Construction Excellence Awards 2009

Above:Image of the Toome Bypass & Bridge via Belfast Telegraph

In celebration of its 10th Anniversary, the Construction Employers Federation (CEF), this year added an extra category to the Construction Excellence awards; the pursuit of the best construction project completed in Northern Ireland in the last decade. Projects had been chosen from ten categories ranging from education to entertainment. The award was determined by a public vote undertaken in conjunction with The Belfast Telegraph.

The clear overall winner, announced on the 8th October at the 2009 ceremony, was the Toome Bypass (category: roads). As a regular user of the bypass I can understand why it amassed 54% of the vote. Having reduced average travelling times between Belfast and Derry from almost 3hrs to 1hr and 30 min, this in itself is worthy of recognition. Not to mention the simplistic beauty of the bridge which spans the River Bann, a key component of the bypass.

Designed with both road users, the people of Toome and the local environment in mind the project has been a consistent success. From reducing carbon emissions through the village, the likelihood of an accident within the village and encouraging environmental change though the carefully considered landscaping surrounding the bypass (which included the planting of some 68,000 trees), whilst also retaining access to the river for leisure activities; the bypass presented a strong case against it's competitors. Comments by CEF Managing Director, John Armstrong:

“What the shortlist for the building of the decade really demonstrates is the widespread and positive impact the construction industry has had in Northern Ireland. It is no exaggeration to say that the construction industry has brought benefits to practically every single person living in Northern Ireland... The poll has generated an outstanding response from the public. The voting area of their website has had 10,000 unique visitors, over 150 comments have been left and around 16,000 votes have been cast.”

The statistics also help to illuminate the interest the public in NI have in their built environment.

The close runner up in the poll was Victoria Square, Belfast (category: retail). Another key award of the evening was the Overall Award, given to Patton Construction for Wellington Street Presbyterian Church, Ballymena.

More info
CEF Homepage
Belfast Telegraph: Construction Excellence Awards
SIB: Toome Bypass

Tuesday, 10 March 2009

Work on new Lyric Theatre underway

Above: the previous Lyric, before its demolition last year - photo source

Work has begun on the new Lyric Theatre on Ridgeway Street, off the Stranmillis Road.

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