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hamilton architects a work begins on Joining Mark Haslett (front left) and Paul Millar are new Partners Graeme Ogle and Michelle Canning.

John Smith has been a senior architect with Hamiltons for the past 10 years and has been appointed as a partner as a result of his outstanding work in the field of restoration architecture.

David Jones has been a senior architect with Hamiltons for the past 10 years and has been appointed as a partner as a result of his outstanding work in the field of restoration architecture.

Sally Smith has be architect with Ham past 10 years and appointed as a par result of his outsta the field of restorat architecture.

He is married with fifteen children and lives in Cherry Valley.

He is married with fifteen children and lives in Cherry Valley.

He is married with children and lives i Valley.


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announce new partners as n groundbreaking projects Associate Graeme Ogle and Bid Manager Michelle Canning join Paul Millar and Mark Haslett, assuming Partnership responsibilities in addition to their current roles. Paul Millar said: “Graeme and Michelle have impressed us with their talent, expertise and dedication – qualities which will be invaluable in helping to lead staff and engage with clients as we take the company to the next level.” Hamilton, who currently employ a highly skilled multi-disciplinary team of 38 senior associates, architects, architectural assistants and technicians, are currently in recruitment mode thanks to a highly successful 12 months. Mark Haslett said: “It is fair to say that in recent decades Hamilton have designed or conserved some of the most important structures in Northern Ireland and beyond. That momentum will increase as we continue growing the business with our new Partners on board.” Graeme, who joined the business in late 2016, has nearly 16 years under his belt and a wealth of experience in delivering large scale education, health, retail, commercial and domestic schemes. He has BSc and Masters in Architecture degrees from Queen’s University Belfast.

Michelle, who has nearly seven years’ experience working in multi-disciplinary offices across the UK, has been instrumental in helping to win a substantial level of new business since joining Hamilton in late 2015. She has an architectural background and has completed a een a senior miltons for theMasters in Construction and Project Management.

has been rtner as a Hamilton Architects was founded in the early 70s and moved to bespoke offices in Joy Street nding work in tion in Belfast’s historic Linen Quarter in 2011. In recent years, the business has been looking

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beyond the shores of Northern Ireland with an office in Broadgate, London, and projects in the south-east of England.


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Inspiring architecture from flagship commercial buildings and world class education facilities to stunning cultural centres and historic structures

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RICS Awards Special Feature

Innovative DAERA HQ stuns judges at RICS Awards 2019 Hamilton Architects won the Design Through Innovation Award at this year’s RICS Awards for their stunning design for the new DAERA Headquarters at Ballykelly.

Presenting the award, the judges commented: “Any visitor arriving at this flat, windswept location in North Antrim will be impressed at the way it melts into the landscape.

A record number of 36 of Northern Ireland’s most innovative and community-beneficial projects competed for top honours at the final at the Crowne Plaza, Belfast. Hamilton had four projects which were finalists in four categories, including Windsor-Olympia Sports Hub, Belfast; Enniskillen Castle Museum and Seaview Hall, Glenarm.

“On entering the reception area, the mature trees dominating the glass atrium make several bold and comforting statements. This building is part of the landscape and integrates energy and sustainability seamlessly.

The innovative new Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs building on the eastern shore of Lough Foyle, designed by Mark Haslett, was developed as the result of a historic £12m investment.

“Appropriately scaled on a 9-acre site, this striking building delivers a real civic presence for the North West, along with community engagement and local economic benefit.” Hamilton’s delivery partners for the project were contractors JH Turkington & Sons and construction consultants Edmond Shipway.


DAERA HQ – winner of the Design through Innovation RICS Award 2019


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And three other stunning projects were finalists Three stunning projects designed by Hamilton Architects were finalists in three other categories in this year’s RICS Awards. Paul Millar, Partner at Hamilton Architects, said: “We are delighted that our design expertise in a myriad of disciplines, everything from conservation to innovation, has been recognised by the judges.

Compere Paul Clarke (left) presents the Design through Innovation Award to the winning team, from left: Pat Mullan, Edmond Shipway; Peter Carr, Project Architect, Hamilton Architects; Gary Turkington, Turkington Construction. Also pictured is Fiona Grant, RICS UK and Ireland World Regional Chair.

“Our practice has over 45 years’ experience as building designers, project managers and conservation architects. During that time we have established a reputation for delivering creative, award-winning projects.”

Chair of the RICS Awards 2019, Northern Ireland judging panel, Michael Hannaway said: “Some of these shortlisted projects have helped to attract more visitors and inward investment, while others have provided much needed housing or vital services and infrastructure to their communities. “The teams behind them should be extremely proud as many were delivered on time and within budget, and with sustainability at the heart, to ensure they are as energy efficient and environmentally friendly as possible.”


Windsor Park/Olympia Sports Hub

The Windsor-Olympia Sports Hub triumphed in two categories – Community Benefit and Tourism & Leisure. This £54m project saw the transformation of Northern Ireland’s National Football Stadium and Olympia Leisure Centre into a 21st century Sports Hub. As part of Belfast City Council’s 10-year, £105m, Leisure Transformation Programme for Belfast, the Sports Hub has created immense economic, social and tourism revenue benefits for the local and wider communities.

An additional Hamilton contender in the Tourism & Leisure category was Enniskillen Castle Museum Visitors Centre, a historic fortification situated on the banks on the River Erne. The £2.1m Museum project transformed the castle complex from a myriad of ancient buildings into a cohesive heritage gateway to the county, providing a state of the art welcome centre, history hub and café.

Seaview Hall, Glenarm

Enniskillen Castle Museum Visitors Centre

Seaview Hall, Glenarm, is a modest but significant project which has helped to reignite the economy of this coastal village. The Old School has been remodelled as a welcoming visitor space and an artisan jewellery workshop, making it a worthy contender in the Regeneration category.


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Canterbury Christ Church University City Campus

Enniskillen Workhouse Transformation

Enniskillen Workhouse, one of the town’s most historic buildings, is being transformed into a £2.1m heritage centre and business hub. The original approach to this 480m2 Grade B2 listed building, designed in 1844 by George Wilkinson, is being retained so visitors can experience the same journey as inmates during and after the famine. A lightweight glazed lobby at the rear marks the entrance from South West College, while a new lift and staircase extension provides access to the first-floor business hub. The original courtyards are being reinstated, one with a glazed roof for use as a gallery, and events space and modern partitions removed to reveal the original plan form of the building.

Work is speeding ahead on a £65m project to transform the City Campus for Canterbury Christ Church University. Hamilton carried out the design for an 18,000m2 state of the art Science, Engineering, Technology and Health teaching facility, one of three new buildings planned for the old Prison Quarter site. Building work on the STEM facility is due for completion in 2020. Hamilton won the contract to deliver this prestigious scheme against stiff national competition and it is one of over 20 education contracts currently on our books. Others include South West College in Enniskillen, an extension to the Old Schoolhouse for Methodist College, Holy Trinity College in Cookstown and Ulidia Integrated College, Carrickfergus.

Regeneration projects for Newry city centre Hamilton Architects is the design team lead for Newry, Mourne and Down District Council’s transformational £20m city centre regeneration projects. The proposed development will see the construction of a new theatre/conference facility and civic hub alongside public realm in Newry City and forms part of the City Region Deal infrastructure project.

A ‘heritage route’ on the ground floor provides access to rooms with the most historical character. Original features such as exposed stone walls and floors, ledged and braced doors, casement windows, fireplaces and hearths are being retained. New double-glazed casement windows reflect the originals.

The aim is to regenerate the city’s historic core, promote opportunities for further investment from the public and private sectors, and increase Newry’s attractiveness as a place to live, visit and do business. Subject to various statutory approvals and securing contractor teams, construction of the theatre/ conference facility and civic hub projects are scheduled to commence in mid-2020.


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Children’s Heart Centre Princess Royal re-opens Coleraine Library Hamilton Architects were delighted to meet with Princess Anne at the official re-opening of Coleraine Library, following completion of a £2.3m renovation project. The Princess Royal toured the facility, which includes a new entrance lobby and three storey fully accessible extension, multi-use meeting room, improved study areas, exhibition space and a dedicated Heritage Room with microfilm readers. Nicola Donnelly, RIBA Conservation Architect, said: “We were delighted to lead the design team on this very special project to transform this distinctive Grade B1 listed building built in 1969. “The dated and tired interior has been transformed internally with vibrant and contemporary spaces for study and interaction and we installed improved insulation, a thermally efficient window and heating system, and energy efficient lighting.”

Hamilton Architects were delighted to project lead for the delivery of a new specialised unit aimed at helping children with heart defects at the Royal Victoria Hospital for Sick Children. The Children’s Heart Centre, formerly the Clark Clinic, will provide holistic pre and post-operative care needs for children with heart conditions throughout Northern Ireland. The project called for the completion of two new build extensions, alterations to existing accommodation and to existing services. “Hamilton have huge experience in the healthcare sector,” said Graeme Ogle, Partner. “We were required to deliver the project in a live hospital environment. Weekly meetings ensured we all stayed on track to deliver the project on time.”

Hamilton go ‘Back to School’ to support conservation Hamilton Architects were proud sponsors of this year’s Conservation Without Frontiers Summer School. The 2019 programme, theme ‘Survival and Revival: Living Towns and Villages in Cavan and Fermanagh’, encompassed lectures, site visits, food and entertainment. One of the expert speakers was Hamilton’s Nicola Donnelly RIBA, who told delegates about the practice’s award-winning restoration and refurbishment of historic Enniskillen Castle Museum. “The island of Ireland has so many wonderful and unique historic buildings which, just like Enniskillen Castle, we need to treasure and preserve for the enjoyment of future generations,” said Nicola. “It is important for people to get to know about and appreciate the history of their built environment because this plays an important role in underlining identity, enriching culture and bringing cohesion to communities.”


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