Public Records Office of Northern Ireland

Todd Architects
Belfast, 2010

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Data

  • Begun: Nov 2008
  • Completed: Jul 2010
  • Floor area: 9,996m2
  • Sector: Civic
  • Total cost: £18.1M
  • Procurement: Bespoke Design & Build
  • Address: 2 Titanic Boulevard, Queens Island, Belfast, BT3 9HQ, United Kingdom

Professional Team

Headquarters for PRONI, one of three national archives in the UK

The building unites the individual functions of document collection, preservation, management, storage and public access into one facility.

Internally the central repository, the most building's most important function, is placed at the heart of the building and clad in Cor-ten steel. The building's other blocks, clad in stone and zinc, are wrapped central mass volume.

The internal arrangement is informed by the security aspects of the building – with public access restricted to the ground floor, access controlled public spaces on first floor and staff only spaces on the second floor.

Along with a twin wall façade, which utilises summer and winter sun to induce natural ventilation into the archive, the building's rainwater harvesting, biomass heating, heat recovery, enhanced insulation and air tightness have all contributed to a BREEAM ‘excellent’ rating.

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