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Boat comes in for quayside design

Jez Abbott
Thursday 10 Jan 2019

Belfast’s new media and tech hub City Quays 2 went live last month.

Its completion marks the latest addition to Grimshaw’s commercial development portfolio with a building in the heart of Belfast Harbour, Northern Ireland. The £18 million scheme provides eight floors of grade A office space occupied by media and technology tenants including broadcaster ITV and radio station U105.

City Quays 2, a former a ferry terminal, is built as the first side of a planned new square. The simple form enabled expenditure to be focussed on high-quality cladding to the office floors above a generously proportioned ground floor.

A palette of robust, self-finished materials has been selected for durability within the marine environment. This includes extensive use of anodised aluminium in a carefully detailed system of extruded fins and laser-cut brise-soleil. These components add layers and depth to the curtain walling, creating patterns of shadow, light and reflection whilst responding to solar orientation.

The wider City Quays development is a £275 million mixed-use regeneration project master-planned by Grimshaw for Belfast Harbour. It adds new offices, residential, hotel and leisure facilities alongside the listed harbour office and dry docks We’re pleased to have designed another commercial building that is attracting top tenants to make the spaces their own.”

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