Project Summary
Project Summary
Client: The Lyric Theatre
Architect: O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects
Location: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Value: £18m

About the project

RSUA “Building of the Year” at the 2012 Design Awards, RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award, Civic Trust Award, AAI Special Award, Department of Environment Planning and Development Award and has been shortlisted for the 2012 Stirling Prize. New Build, state-of-the-art production Theatre incorporating 380 seat traditional auditorium with Flytower, 120 person flexible studio theatre space, rehearsal rooms, café and staff accommodation areas on the site of the existing Theatre facility. IN2 was part of O’Donnell + Tuomey Architects winning design team for this major landmark civic building in Belfast and undertook all environmental and building services engineering through the design and construction phases.

The building’s design incorporates low energy ventilation systems to both auditorium and studio theatre spaces utilising direct cooling from a below-ground aquifer which is then distributed into the adjacent River Lagan, ensuring minimal energy/ cost operation whilst satisfying low noise criteria. The services design involved complex coordination of Mechanical and Electrical services with the Specialist Technical Theatre installation.

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An award winning landmark building for culture in Belfast

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Detailed energy analysis using Dynamic Simulation Modelling software informed and demonstrated a BREEAM “Excellent” rating

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IN2 was first appointed by the Lyric after entering a design team competition with architects O’Donnell + Tuomey in May 2003 for this major landmark civic building. This prestigious project has gone on to win the RSUA “Building of the Year” at the 2012 Design Awards, RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) Award, Civic Trust Award, AAI Special Award, Department of Environment Planning and Development Award and was shortlisted for 2012 Stirling Prize award for architecture.

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Project Tags:
MEP Design
BIM
Sustainability
Wind Analysis
Daylight / Sunlight Analysis
Dynamic Thermal Modelling
IN2 Building Life
New Build
Theatre
UK