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Belfast Waterfront Conference & Exhibition Centre

  • Construction
  • ClientBelfast City Council
  • Value£25,900,000
  • Duration68 weeks
  • D&B Partner McAdam Design
Belfast Waterfront Conference & Exhibition Centre

Expansion of the high-profile Belfast Waterfront Hall to double the venue’s existing conference and exhibition space.

Works involved the design & build and fit-out of a three-storey 43,055sqft extension, augmenting the existing Waterfront Hall to provide exhibition space, banqueting facilities for up to seven hundred and fifty people, five multi-functional rooms each capable of holding two hundred people, a gallery, a meeting suite, offices, and storage facilities.

In addition to construction, the project also included public realm works to enhance the existing public space.

This was a live site with the existing Waterfront Hall remaining fully operational throughout our works, with conferences, seminars, commercial events, concerts, and exhibitions continuing.

Feature of ProjectOccupied Site

This was an extremely sensitive site whereby the existing Waterfront Hall remained operational throughout our works. In addition, our site was adjacent to the Hilton Hotel which remained occupied, therefore minimising disruption was critical. Various measures were implemented including dust and noise suppression techniques and continual monitoring at two sensor points on-site. To integrate the needs of the Waterfront Hall, an extensive schedule was maintained to note the Hall’s planned events and required ‘quiet times’, ensuring these were identified in advance and sympathetically programmed into our works.

Occupied Site
“McLaughlin & Harvey has worked with us from the very beginning, and we’ve had really good close liaison on a very regular basis to look at what the requirements of every event are in terms of when we need quiet.”
Jacqui Owens, Operations Manager Belfast Waterfront Hall

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The Structural Steel Design Awards 2018 Commendation for High Standard of Design Achieved for Belfast Waterfront Conference & Exhibition Centre

The William Keown Trust Prestige Access Award 2016 for Belfast Waterfront Conference & Exhibition Centre

Considerate Constructors Scheme 2016 National Site Award Silver for Belfast Waterfront Conference & Exhibition Centre