Salvation Army Hall, Northern Ireland

Client – The Salvation Army
Services Provided – Principle Designer, Site Survey and feasibility, Contract Administration, Cost Control, Services, Planning/Building Control services, and Project Monitoring
Value – £256,000
Programme – 26 weeks (plus covid/Brexit related delays of 20 weeks)

The hall had been left unused, due to poor heating control and also local concerns for a leaning external wall.

We evaluated all the issues and as part of the remedial works, designed an extension to buttress the defective length of the external wall, removing the defective section, cross bracing, and stabilising the collar roof which had contributed to the issues and designing-in enhanced thermal insulation qualities.  A new wet heating system was installed using an ASHP, as gas is not widely available in NI.

The internal areas were reconfigured to provide a similar-sized main worship & community hall together with an additional large GP room and also a coffee room together with new toilet facilities.

The building is now thermally efficient, light and airy, and in full use, despite delays due to Covid restrictions and lockdown.

The scheme was completed late but on budget, the NI contractor and his sub-contractors being exceptionally helpful in maintaining a presence throughout on-site.