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Primark– Bank Buildings - Belfast


Location: Bank Buildings - Belfast
Project Manager: Bank Buildings - Belfast
Architect: 3D Architects
M & E Consultant: Hoare Lea – Dorset Office
Main Contractor: McLaughlin and Harvey
Mechanical Services Contratctor: Sharpe Mechanical Services
Ventilation Sub-contractor: Sharpe Ventilation Services Ltd
Mechanical Services Project Value: £1,100,000.00
Programme: 25 Weeks


Positioned in Belfast City Centre Primark’s flagship store at the historic Bank Buildings is one of Belfast’s most prestigious retail outlets. We were delighted to be appointed as the mechanical sub-contractor on this project which posed a number of challenges to the construction team. The contract included the complete refurbishment of the store from ground level to level 5. This included changing level 3 from stock area to sales floor. This was a ‘business as usual’ contract which involved careful planning from the team. The project began in February and the first task was to remove all the existing heating, ventilation and air conditioning plant from level 4. Due to the time of year this created a difficulty with regard to continuity of heating within the store but through careful planning this was overcome. With the valued support of the store management we continually monitored the store to ensure staff and customers were satisfied with the internal comfort conditions. The building has 4 zones with differing service requirements. Sales Floors: Air Conditioning and Heating via individual air handling units supplied through distribution ductwork and ceiling diffusers. Staff Canteen: Air Conditioning and Heating via individual air handling unit and domestic installation to catering kitchen. Staff Accommodation: LPHW heating via radiators and domestic installation to toilet areas and general ventilation throughout. Offices: LPHW heating via radiators, air conditioning via chilled water cassette units and general ventilation. Roof Area: Packaged Boiler House and 2No. Roof Top Chillers.

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