• Project – Ulster Hall Belfast
• Consultant Engineers – BDP
• Builders – Grahams
• Contractor -Litton Group
• The Heating Solution – Zehdner Nova
The Ulster Hall is a Victorian music hall designed by local architect William Barre and opened in 1862. It contains the world-famous Mulholland Grand Organ, which was donated to the city by local linen baron and former Lord Mayor Andrew Mulholland.
In its first 50 years the Hall hosted Charles Dickens, Ellen Terry, Lord Randolph Churchill and many other significant performers. Throughout the Second World War it was extensively used as a dance hall for American troops billeted in Belfast. Since then the Ulster Hall has hosted major boxing champions, thousands of music concerts from classical to punk and dance, a huge variety of important events and performances including dances, lectures, readings and a rich tradition of dramatic performances in the Group Theatre. The building is currently home to the Ulster Orchestra, which rehearses and performs regularly in the Grand Hall.
Following extensive refurbishment, the Ulster Hall reopened in 2009 with a foyer café, a purpose built gallery for our 13 oil paintings by Victorian artist Joseph Carey, and the redesigned Group Space gallery and performance space.
The heating solution proposed and used for this project was the Jaga low h2o Mini Canal units for the glazed areas within the building – to prevent the build-up of condensation and the Zehnder Nova Radiator for their rigid quality and aesthetical finish.
Jaga Mini Canal:
Perfect for providing heat alongside glazed facades, the Mini Canal is discreet and convenient – especially as it is delivered fully-assembled and ready to fit. The heater is extremely versatile, with its varying depth, size and multiple grille material options. The Mini Canal uses Low-H2O technology, saving energy costs while remaining highly responsive to temperature changes.
Zehnder Nova – Vertical & Horizontal:
Supplied in vertical or horizontal versions and in a wide range that includes double panels or combinations of panel and convector fins, the Zehnder Nova provided the total solution for the Guild Hall In Derry.
Advantages for use within this project are as follows:
• Low water content with efficient, fast heat up
• Durable powder coat finish (Standard RAL9016 white)
• Wide range of colours including metallic finishes
• Horizontal (H) and Vertical (V) types available
• Floor mounted options
• Raised access floor application option
• High pressure options
• Bespoke connection positions, vertical or horizontal entry
• Tested to current EN442 requirements
In 2007, a major refurbishment plan was initiated by the Consarc Design Group, under the direction of architect and Everest mountaineer Dawson Stelfox. The main aim of the refurbishment was to restore the venue back to its original condition, while also modernising the building’s facilities and providing better disabled access.
The £8.5 million project included
The refurbishment was performed by Graham Building Contractors and was jointly funded by Belfast City Council, the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The hall was reopened with a gala event on 6 March 2009
Previously stated as 1,850, the seated capacity of the refurbished hall is 1,000. Since the reopening, the hall has provided a rehearsal home and (from June 2009) administrative offices for the Ulster Orchestra.