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14 Jan 2019 – new images added ; 6 Jan 2019
The Waterside, Belfast takes centre stage at World Architecture News Awards
Masterplan Design: Henning Larsen, Denmark

Osborne+Co’s £450M place-making masterplan for Belfast waterfront was one of the winners in this year’s, recently announced, World Architecture News Awards.

The Waterside Belfast building design
image courtesy of architects

Conceived by world renowned architects, Henning Larsen, The Waterside masterplan was the winner of the Future Projects Urban Design Award. Praised by the judges as a “tasteful and well-conceived plan”, The Waterside is set to revive Belfast by linking East Belfast and the city centre, inviting people to repopulate the city and becoming a focal point of the city’s flourishing creative eco-system.

The Waterside Belfast building design

The 1.8m sq ft of regeneration development will create a new world-class waterfront locale that includes Grade A contemporary offices, a hotel, 700 homes across a range of tenures, retail and leisure space, plus a new pedestrian and cycle bridge. Architects Henning Larsen bring a Nordic understanding of outdoor living to Belfast.

The Waterside Belfast building design

Lasse Westergaard, Senior Architect, said: “The Waterside will fully activate the potential of the River Lagan. We know that harbours have enormous potential to activate public life in a city. The masterplan will create the framework for people to feel part of a shared public life, as the River Lagan will no longer create a barrier in Belfast but is going to connect it instead. The terraced stone landscape of the Giant’s Causeway was a general source of inspiration for the development, from the stepped massing of the buildings, the layout of the terraced landscape areas, to the use of stone and geometric patterns in outdoor surfaces and pavements.

The Waterside Belfast building design

Analysing the microclimate, the architects applied an effective scale-gradient strategy to the project. Instead of winds being guided through the streets, the strategy of placing the lower buildings towards the waterfront guides winds over the building to reduce wind speeds significantly and thus prolonging the outdoor season. Additionally, a key objective is to bring as much daylight as possible into the buildings and public realm on site.”

Osborne+Co’s Chris Kane:
Chris Kane Osborne+Co Northern Ireland

The Waterside masterplan is being realised by place-making visionary, Osborne+Co’s Chris Kane, who sees development as a tool to help drive workplace and cultural evolution in Belfast, bringing global benchmarks for ‘best in class’ property development to the city. Planning approval has already been granted for a 25,000 sq metre, 13 storey Grade A Office development which will be operational by 2021. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2019, under the guidance of Osborne+Co’s Construction Director Flan McNamara, formerly Project Director on the £2BN London Bridge Quarter (& The Shard). When its transformation is complete this derelict site will become a world-class destination for 21st century working, living and entertainment.

The Waterside, Belfast building design plaza

The WAN Awards 2018 has 30 categories recognising the world’s top architects and their current and future projects. The 2018 winners were revealed at a celebration dinner at the London Hilton Bankside recently, attended by architects and industry leaders from around the world. For the full list of winners of the WAN Awards 2018, click on to:

Privately owned, Osborne+Co was established by Jim and Conor Osborne as the new umbrella brand that unites their global track record of delivering projects under the GRDI name and as the UK property business of Vanguard Real Estate, with $2.5BN of end value projects across four continents.

Henning Larsen Architects

17 Dec 2018
Kings Hall Health and Wellbeing Campus, South Belfast
Design: TODD Architects / Consarc Design Group


The first phase of plans to transform the Kings Hall heritage site to a Health and Wellbeing Campus has been granted Planning Approval by Belfast City Council.

Based in south Belfast, the Kings Hall Health and Wellbeing Park will become the most innovative Health and Wellbeing hub in the UK.

Kings Hall Health and Wellbeing Campus Belfast building
image courtesy of architects

TODD Architects and Consarc Design Group are working with healthcare specialist developers Benmore Octopus Healthcare Developments Ltd on the design of an innovative health park masterplan located at the iconic Kings Hall, South Belfast.

The King’s Hall Health and Wellbeing Park is a joint venture between developer Benmore Group and healthcare and property investor Octopus Healthcare.

The campus will be the first of its kind, setting a new standard for health care provision in Northern Ireland. It will provide GP services in new accommodation for population south of the city.

The vision is to create an integrated healthcare model which will be part of a wider lifestyle, leisure and well-being park. The masterplan scheme of site area 68,424 sqm will offer a range of integrated and onsite health, community and leisure facilities. These include a primary care complex alongside ancillary medical facilities with the ability to accommodate care for over 25,000 patients.

The suburban city redevelopment will also include elderly residential care facilities ; consisting of independent living apartments and bespoke homes for the over-55s as well as a hotel and resident’s gym facilities and a multi-storey car park.

Architecturally, the former Kings Hall landmark venue will be sensitively refurbished, with the primary design ambition to preserve the heritage of this iconic and unique 1930’s art deco building. The existing Kings Hall will sit at the heart of the scheme, along with the addition of new, neighbouring medical and accommodation-based facilities masterplanned which to create a village feel.

The architectural team have developed this landmark regeneration masterplan, working closely with the developers and collaborating with Belfast City Council, extensively engaging with various healthcare stakeholders and the local community.

David Burrows of Benmore Octopus said the proposed £100m project will be the “most innovative healthcare and wellbeing hub in the UK”.

“It will create next generation GP care services for the growing population of south Belfast as well as delivering a range of on-site diagnostic facilities alongside housing options for the over 55-plus. We believe the King’s Hall Health and Wellbeing Park will be a beacon of excellence and a standard bearer for integrated healthcare provision in the city and Northern Ireland going forward.”

Planning Approval was granted by Belfast City Council at the December Planning Meeting and it is proposed that works will commencing on site in 2019

11 Dec 2018
City Quays 2 Belfast Harbour Building
Design: Grimshaw, Architects
City Quays 2 Belfast Harbour building by Grimshaw architects
photograph : Donal McCann Photography

City Quays 2 Belfast Harbour Building
The £18m scheme provides eight floors of Grade A office space which is occupied by media and technology tenants, including broadcaster ITV and radio station U105. City Quays 2 is located on a waterfront site, formerly a ferry terminal, and is built as the first side of a planned new square.

6 Aug 2018
The Sixth Belfast Offices
Design: Allford Hall Monaghan Morris Architects (AHMM)
The Sixth Belfast Building
image courtesy of architects

The Sixth Belfast Building

3 Apr 2017
Queen’s University Belfast Computer Science Hub Building
Design: Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects LLP
Queen’s University Belfast Computer Science Hub Building
photo : Paul McErlean Photography

Queen’s University Belfast Computer Science Hub Building

3 May 2016
Pictures of New Buildings in Belfast
Belfast MAC : Metropolitan Arts Centre
photo © Adrian Welch
Belfast Architecture Photos

Belfast City Campus University of Ulster, Northern Ireland
Design: Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios
University of Ulster Belfast City Campus
image from architect

Belfast City Campus University of Ulster – 13 Mar 2013
A Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios design for the University of Ulster’s new Belfast City Campus has received planning permission. The campus is part of a £250m higher education project to provide 70,000 sqm of central teaching, faculty and social learning accommodation across three linked sites in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast city centre.

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
Todd Architects
Public Records Office of Northern Ireland
photo from RIBA

Public Records Office of Northern Ireland – 25 Jun 2012
This is a civic building with a public face and a clear and direct internal organisation that relays the narrative of the past and the security in which it is being preserved for the future. The records are held within a concrete citadel that is wrapped by well day-lit spaces containing the reading rooms and circulation.

Rear Extension to 109 Osborne Park
Ard (Ciaran Mackel) Architects
Osborne Park House
photo from RIBA

109 Osborne Park – 25 Jun 2012
This major addition to a double-bay, detached Victorian villa, is tucked away from the street and is seen in the context of the rear off-shots and extensions of suburban Belfast.

Glenariffe House, Glens of Antrim
McGarry-Moon Architects
Glenariffe House
photo from RIBA

Glens of Antrim House – 25 Jun 2012

Titanic Belfast
Architect & Lead Consultant: TODD Architects
Concept Design: CivicArts / Eric R Kuhne & Associates
Titanic Belfast Building
photo : Christopher Heaney

Titanic Belfast – 23 Mar 2012
The Titanic Belfast project is viewed as the iconic centrepiece of the Titanic Quarter Regeneration Project which encompasses approximately 75 hectares of waterfront, former industrial brownfield lands to the south side of the River Lagan in Belfast City Centre.

Recent Belfast Buildings

The Boat
TODD Architects and Planners
The Boat Belfast
photo : Chris Hill Photographic

The Boat Belfast

Lyric Theatre Belfast
O’Donnell + Tuomey architects
Lyric Theatre Belfast Building
photo : Dennis Gilbert/VIEW

Belfast Building : Lyric Theatre
In 2003, the Lyric held an international architectural competition and selected O’Donnell + Tuomey as architects to design a new theatre facility.
In May 2008, Belfast City Council granted planning approval for the development of the new Lyric Theatre. The development included the demolition of the existing theatre and the construction of a new building for use by the Lyric providing auditorium, rehearsal and studio theatre together with related technical facilities. Further accommodation includes reception, bar / foyer, offices and an education room.

Nov 2010
Belfast Architecture Competition
Expo West Belfast Competition, Northern Ireland : expressions of interest invitation

Victoria Square
Victoria Square Belfast
photo © Christopher Hill Photographic

Belfast building

Major Contemporary Belfast Developments

The Arches Centre – Health and Care for East Belfast

Architect: Penoyre & Prasad LLP in Partnership with Todd Architects
Client: South and East Belfast (Health and Social Services) Trust
Northern Irish building : RIBA Awards 2006 – Ulster

Aurora building
HKR Architects
Aurora Belfast
picture from architects

Aurora Belfast : tallest proposed building in Northern Ireland – 37 storeys

Belfast – Workshop/Living Space
Kennedy FitzGerald & Associates

Belfast Grand Opera House – refurbishment
RHWL Arts Team
original building – Northern Ireland Theatre, 1895 – by famous theatre architect
Frank Matcham

Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre, Cathedral Quarter
Hackett Hall McKnight
Belfast Metropolitan Arts Centre
picture from architects

MAC Belfast – international architecture competition win

Falls Leisure Centre
Kennedy Fitzgerald
For Belfast City Council

Government offices, Stornmont Estate, nr Belfast
Hamilton Architects
9 storeys

Lyric Theatre, Belfast
O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Granted planning permission Apr 2008
4,300sqm – 400-seat theatre; 150-seat studio; rehearsal space
2003 design competition winner

Triplicate – office fit-out
Hackett + Hall
RIBA Awards 2006 – Ulster

Ulster Museum
Francis Pym
Brutalist architecture, Grade B+ listed
[was due to be redeveloped in 2007 by Hamilton Architects]

University of Ulster Belfast Campus
TODD Architects
University of Ulster Belfast Campus
picture from architects

University of Ulster Belfast Campus

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