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Appointed as main contractor to redevelop the new rugby stadium at Ravenhill (now the Kingspan Stadium), home of Ulster Rugby. Ulster Rugby had set stringent programme requirements as part of the Contract with a series of critical handover dates to coincide with the activities of the professional team and the fixture list.  Maintaining a Stadium capacity of 11,500 during the Construction period was a key requirement and consequently the works had to be completed in phases. 


Project Team

Architects Hamilton Architects
Stadium Designers AFL Architects
PM & QS Edmond Shipway
M&E Consulting Engineers Wallace Whittle
Civil & Structural Engineers WYG
BREEAM Consultant SDS Energy

Project Value

project value - £13 million


  • Construction Excellence Award 2014 - Commercial Construction

The New Memorial and Family Stands at each end of the Pitch were successfully completed with the reconfigured terracing to the front of the Premium Stand for the start of the 2013 / 14 Season which kicked off with a friendly against Leinster on 23rd August 2013. Late in May 2013, the deconstruction of the old historic Grandstand commenced. This paved the way for the Construction of the New Grandstand which was successfully completed to hold the Quarter Final of the Heineken Cup on 5th April 2014 with a capacity of 17,500.

The Quarter Final was a spectacular occasion for the Ulster Team and their spectators who contributed to turning Ravenhill into a cauldron of noise and intimidation for their opponents Saracens; the vision of the IRFU Ulster Branch to turn Ravenhill into a world class modern sports facility had been realised. Furthermore, the new state of the art facility and the achievement of Gilbert-Ash to ensure timely completion for this high profile event, was being showcased to a worldwide audience of over 10million by Sky Sports who were broadcasting the Match from the new purpose built TV Studio housed high up at the back of the Family Stand incorporating high spec AV Services Installations.

Interesting fact: the only place in Ireland that has more Heineken Beer pumps than Ravenhill is the O2 in Dublin. That’s provision for a lot of pints!

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