JJ Loughran Ltd

The proposal involves the internal reconfiguration and overclad of an existing manufacturing building. The intention is to create a space that reflects the company’s engineering background. Simple robust materials were proposed whilst services and structure were exposed. The new translucent cladding was proposed to act as a visual marker and focal point. The building form is simple and restrained to create a space that reflects the company ethos.

Speculative Office Development

The proposal involves the extension and reconfiguration of an existing office building. Following an extensive exercise to develop the project brief, the final proposed solution involves the creation of an internal street. The intention was to create a space that facilitated and encouraged staff interaction and collaborative working.

The project will act as a link between the existing and proposed building and present a strong aesthetic that reflects the company’s position as a market leader within their field. The company’s products are used as a part of the proposal and act as a showcase of their design and technical abilities.

The new building is seen as strong visual message that reflects the company’s vision and will both help to retain and attract staff.

Speculative Office Development

The client wanted to develop a new office for their expanding business. Their current accommodation no longer meets their requirements and we were appointed to investigate alternative concept proposals.

Our proposal responds to the client’s aspiration to create a modern space that reflects their engineering pedigree. We developed a form that has been developed following an investigation of the client plant. The building form is a manifestation of this and helps to create a subtle link to their products. The material selection is simple and restrained and again reflects their core business. The interior has also been developed with the same principles in mind and includes exposed services and industrial flooring.

Donegal Cinema

The proposed building is located on the edge of the town and has been developed to meet a clear demand in the area for leisure space. The local townscape is protected and development within the town curtilage of this scale was difficult to achieve. Following feasibility studies, the proposed site was identified as a suitable location and subsequently demonstrated not to adversely effect town centre sustainable growth.

The proposal uses a visual marker on the corner to reflect the traditional corner treatment of historic cinemas. A layered materiality helps break down the building massing to reflect its surrounding and includes a translucent panel to act as a beacon to the surrounding area. The project is currently in planning.

Yelo Test Systems

We were appointed as Lead Consultant, Architects, and Structural Engineers for Yelo’s new company headquarters building in Carrickfergus.

The client had a clear brief identified from the outset of the project. They wanted to create a new high specification office and design hub that linked directly with their production facility. We developed a proposal that delivered the client identified adjacencies and facilitated their goals.

The front and side elevations rise towards the front entrance to create a focal point that provides a strong and deliberate first impression, giving Yelo a powerful corporate identity. The client wanted to have a building that would demonstrate their position a global leader within their field whilst helping to attract and retain talented staff.

CDE Global Headquarters

The building is located on the edge of a large town within the Mid Ulster area in Northern Ireland.  An area, traditionally associated with linen production has now become a hub for the design, manufacturing and commissioning of industrial plant internationally. The intention was to redefine the architectural landscape of an area now recognised globally for engineering excellence.

The project was procured through a design competition were the client (CDE) identified the need to provide a building that reflected their position as a global leader. They aspired to create a ‘centre of excellence’ that reflected their products and company ideology.

The headquarters building is an exposed two-storey concrete frame. The building consists of a curved, predominantly glazed façade and two extreme cantilevers, extending 6.5m. The building is orientated to maximise views of the Sperrin mountains with linear narrow open plan offices placed around an atrium. The building ‘fingers’ open like welcoming arms into the landscape to emphasise CDE’s desire to create a ‘campus’ environment.

The introduction of curves is a deliberate response to the forms evidenced in the products designed and fabricated by the client. Materials and finishes including stainless steel shingles, concrete processed using the client’s plant and exposed aggregates further reinforce their core business.

The building form acts as the catalyst for an extensive landscaping design that includes a linear park and organic shaped manmade ponds, employed to minimise impact and create a sense of continuity with the natural landscape of the Sperrins.

The building acts as an important contemporary architectural marker in a centre of global manufacturing excellence.