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Belfast High School, Sports Complex


This sports hall, presents an attractive glazed, two-storey front elevation, inclined for aesthetic effect. It is supported on a steel frame with fixed roof and suspended floor, set on traditional pad and strip foundations. Exposed trusses were designed by Taylor & Boyd to provide the visual effect of the architect’s scheme of chord tapering trusses. Through close working with M&E engineers Taylor & Boyd’s engineers enabled services and ventilation ducts to sit within the voids of these trusses.

A single-storey section includes a gym, classroom, changing area, showers, toilets. North-facing roof lights contribute to light and energy efficiency without distracting glare.

The scheme also included the design of a new 3G-synthetic pitch to replace a grass surface. The new pitch was designed to standards applied by Ulster Hockey Union, Irish Hockey Association and the International Hockey Federation. With the area already flat, no retaining structures were required.

New drainage for toilets and showers was connected to the existing school system without interruption of service.

Car parking, paths and hardstanding were established around the building and pitch.

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