Custom House Residence,
Albert Square, Belfast.
This new development of apartments is situated on the edge of Belfast City Centre, at Custom House Square. The building incorporates 85 high specification, luxury 1 bed, 2 bed and penthouse apartments, 4 retail units and a two storey underground basement.
The building is a reinforced concrete frame on CFI pile foundation, overclad with natural stone. Custom House Square is Belfast’s premier outdoor event space, being transformed in 2005 to incorporate the history of the area as well as exiting new features animating the space.
For many years Custom House Square was the site of Belfast’s “Speakers’ Corner” where large crowds regularly gathered at the foot of Custom House steps to hear and heckle the orators of the day. The history is reflected today by the presence on the steps of “The Speaker”, a lift size bonze statue by Belfast born sculptor Gareth Knowles and the large copper based lights along the edge of the square are aptly named the “Hecklers”. The Calder Fountain, Britain’s first and oldest drinking fountain for horses, has been expertly restored and now sits close to its original location beside the Custom House. The square is further enhanced with attractive lighting, a water feature that traces the course of the River Farset and a children’s play area.
This development showcases the ability of Elliott Group staff members to deliver an exceptional residential project from design concept to completion and displays workmanship and attention to detail for which it is renowned.
Design Team, Client & Value
Client: Abbey Developments Ltd
Architect: Povall Worthington Architects
Quantity Surveyor: Rainey & Best
M&E Engineer: Integrated Services Design
Civil & Structural Engineer: Taylor & Boyd