QUB Lanyon Building, Belfast

Client: Queen's University Belfast
Value: £5.5m

The Grade A Listed Lanyon Building at Queen’s University Belfast, has been restored to the original vision of its Architect - the presiding genius of early Victorian Belfast - Sir Charles Lanyon.

The aim was to conserve and restore the 19th Century building to its former splendour following deterioration of the fabric. The philosophy was conservation then restoration and, only where necessary, replacement and alteration. Using traditional building skills and expert craftsmen, the patina of age and as much of the original fabric as possible was conserved and restored.

Replacement of decorative stonework was required to reinstate significant details as was brickwork and repointing. Windows were sensitively refurbished where possible, and corroded windows and inadequate rainwater goods replaced.

The team overcame many challenges including one significant technical challenge relating to the new rectangular zinc lattice windows and the restoration of corroded windows - which the team creatively resolved. Read the full story

The project was completed in June 2019.

CEF/Specify Construction Awards 2019, Restoration - Winner

RSUA Design Award 2020 - Finalist

RICS Social Impact Award 2020 - Heritage & Education Finalist

UAH Heritage Angel Awards N.Ireland 2020 - Best Major Regeneration of a Historic Building or Place Finalist