Engineering specialists from our Belfast office were commissioned by the National Trust to provide expertise on the civil engineering design of the Giant’s Causeway visitors' centre in Northern Ireland, an attraction which welcomes more than half a million visitors every year.
Our involvement started in 2006 and lasted more than 6 years. From EIA drafting at pre-planning stage to site supervision, including road, boundary retention and drainage design and advice, incorporating sustainable urban drainage systems (SUDs) we worked on developing value for money solutions and sustainable development for the project.
Our experts were able to ensure that there was minimal impact on the adjoining conservation areas including listed features, as well as developing a stormwater interception system to protect the habitat of the Narrow-mouthed Whorl snail.
The centre has already been awarded the BRE Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM) ‘Excellent’ Design Stage Certificate due to the cutting edge techniques employed in the design and supporting infrastructure. Furthermore, the centre has been awarded three different accolades at this year’s Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) awards for its sustainable design (the Design Award for projects over £3million, the Liam McCormich Prize for Building of the Year and also the DoE Planning Award).
Paul Cooke, Associate Director at WYG in Belfast, said: 'We are thrilled that the Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre has been awarded not one, but three industry awards for its sustainable building design. The design of the centre was focused on sustainability and energy efficiency but also ensuring it remained aesthetically pleasing and complimentary to the fabulous Antrim coastline. It was this focus, alongside a requirement to provide value for money, which made the entire project so exciting and thrilling to work on.'