Queen’s University Belfast Boat Club

This project was to extend and refurbish Queen’s University Boat club on the river Lagan at Stranmillis. The extension provides shower and WC facilities, new crew meeting rooms, new boat storage, new fencing and gates with a new floating boat launch pontoon and a new motor boat launching slip. The single storey steel framed timber clad extension at ground floor housed additional boat storage. The existing accommodation was fully refurbished internally and externally, new render and timber cladding updated the exterior.

The project included demolition and siteworks, traditional cavity wall construction with hardwood double glazed windows and a single ply flat roof membrane roof. 38mm timber cladding boards enclosed the extended boat storage area and the boundary was enclosed by Paladin fencing and gates.

All works were undertaken beside the river. The pontoon was installed on the water by a specialist subcontractor. The pontoon anchor block had piled foundations; the floating pontoon was then fixed to the anchor block. We constructed a cofferdam and pumped out water to enable construction of the concrete slipway.

We worked with the DoE Marine division to agree the works and obtain a marine license for the works. We operated under the marine license conditions to deliver this project.

Key Features:

  • Agreed details of the foundations and piling in the river with an accompanying noise impact statement.
  • Appointed a marine mammal observer to ensure that no mammals were within 500m of any piling and foundation works. If any were observed, we delayed the works until the mammals had left the area
  • Constructed a boom to contain any sediment that was released into the river
  • Carefully selected construction methods to prevent sediment release into the river
  • Undertook no construction work in the river between November and February to minimize impact on wildlife
  • Ensure that the works on the river were adequately lit at night as a navigational aid
  • Worked in conjunction with the river wardens and DoE marine department to ensure that they were happy with the works at all times
  • Complied with NIEA pollution guidance PPG5
  • Used our ISO 14001 accredited Environmental Management System to control construction and minimize the impact of the works, carefully siting material storage and waste areas and conducting spill drills on site

This project was completed on time and to budget, to a very high standard of quality and with no adverse Health and Safety or Environmental incidents.

Key Project Information
Architect Ostick and Williams
Value £650k
Duration 7 months
Extra Information
Location Queen's University, Belfast
Sectors Sport and Leisure