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Appointed as main contractor for the extension and complete refurbishment of this 150 year old, Grade B1 listed building to create a multipurpose facility, completed in March 2010. Built in the 1870’s, the building was in a serious state of disrepair with only 50% of the space in use. 

Project Team

Architects Hamilton Architects
Project Managers Edmond Shipway
Structural Engineer WYG Ireland
M&E Engineer Bennett Robertson Ltd
Environmental Energy & BREEAM Advisor SDS Energy Ltd
CDM Coordinator The FCM Partnership

Project Value

project value - £5.4 million


  • UNESCO award The UK ‘Man and the Biosphere’ Urban Wildlife Award for Excellence 2010 for preserving the 136 year old breeding colony for threatened swifts
  • RICS award for project of the year 2011
  • RICS award for community benefit 2011
  • William Keown Trust Prestige Access Award 2010

The refurbishment works included, retaining the unique timber structures repair of the existing natural slate roof, substantial stonework repair & conservation, repair & replacement of windows & doors, reinstating plaster details and protection of the swift colony nesting in the open eaves.An extension was also built to provide social facilities for the local community and consists of galleries, cafe, dressing rooms, workshop areas, dance studio, shower/WC facilities, general amenities and offices.

""Gilbert-Ash was lead contractor on the redevelopment of the Class B listed Crescent Arts Centre. This was a challenging contract undertaken in a busy city centre environment with complex building retention and sensitive conservation issues. The Gilbert-Ash team worked in a progressive and cooperative manner adding value and continuously contributing to problem solving. This target price contract was completed by Gilbert-Ash to the highest standards on time and within budget and was awarded the prestigious RICS Northern Ireland Building of the Year award”." - Pat Mullan for Edmond Shipway Project Managers

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