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Wellcome Wolfson Centre of Experimental Medicine

Wellcome Wolfson Centre is a state of the art, purpose-built healthcare related building, located on the Health Sciences Campus, Belfast City Hospital Site. It specialises in scientific research to develop cures for eye disease, diabetes and the development of a global programme in understanding the genetics of complex chronic diseases. Research includes drug discovery, patient-based investigation and clinical trials.

A high degree of Specialist Systems were required including, HV Transformer and LV distribution including power Perfector, roof mounted PV array (the largest in N. Ireland), Generator, Fire alarm including VESDA and Deaf alerter, Disabled refuge, CCTV, Access Control, Intruder alarm, IT/Data, Busbar Riser, Containment, Lighting Installation, Car park Barriers, Induction loops, lightning protection, Sprinkler, Specialist Medical Gases Installation, Fume Extract System, Car Park Smoke Ventilation, Heating System, Cold Rooms, Building Management System, and Air Conditioning, Underfloor heating, Water Treatment plant and many more.

A 17 month programme, unique design and highly serviced nature of the building proved challenging. Building Information Modelling (BIM) was used for the co-ordination reducing installation time and helping maintain a high quality installation.

This is Northern Ireland's largest completed Level 2 BIM project which Harvey Group led throughout the design, construction and handover stages. Direct relations were set up with the client (Queens University) to speed up communication and decisions throughout the installation, while carefully considered and planned phasing ensured both deliveries and completion, were achieved on time.

Awards:

  1. Plumbing & Heating Awards - Mechanical Project of the Year - Commercial 2016
  2. Electrical Awards - Electrical Installation Project of the Year - Commercial 2015
  3. RICS - Design through Innovation Award
  4. RICS - Project of the Year Award
  5. CEF Construction Excellence Awards 2015 - Health & Education Infrastructure
  6. CEF Construction Excellence Awards 2015 - Overall Winner

 

Main Contractor

O'Hare & McGovern
Carnbane House
Shepherds Way
Carnbane Industrial Estate
Newry
BT35 6EE

M&E Consultant

White Young Green
1 Locksley Business Park
Montgomery Road
Belfast
BT6 9UP

Architects

Ostick & Williams Ltd
14 Edgewater Road
Belfast
BT3 9LA