McArthur Hall, Methodist College, Belfast

Value £ 575,000 Sector Education Consulting Engineer Gillespie & Cummings Project Management PHP Architects

This project is the refurbishment of McArthur Hall, a Grade B1 listed building on the Methodist College site. McArthur Hall was designed by Sir Thomas Newenham Deane and his son Thomas Manly Deane as a Hall of Residence for girl boarders, the original project was funded by a gift from Sir William McArthur. The Building work on McArthur Hall was completed in 1891.

2010 the boarding departments in McArthur Hall and the Main Building closed, ending a 142-year history of boarding at Methodist College.

The building now houses classrooms, a central courtyard and an impressive library. The renovation of this iconic building will enhance the learning experiences of all Methodist College pupils.

The project includes extensive repair and remedial work to stabilise and prolong the life of the building and address various health & safety risks. The clever services strategy integrated M&E provision with the building. Service interfaces happened on weekends and holidays only to accommodate college and to reduce risk of fall out for services needed for teaching

This project won the Bronze Considerate Constructors Scheme 2018 National Site Award.

Key Facts

  • Existing mechanical serviced, external to the basement boilerhouse were completely removed.
  • Heating to the refurbished building incorporated a new ground level plantroom powered from the existing NG boilers.
  • Period style radiators, heated ceiling panels, concealed heater batteries and AHU’s were sympathetically employed to maintain the period ethos of the building.
  • All domestic services are completely new, albeit maintaining the period style of the listed building.

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