Ballymena Town Hall, Museum and Civic Arts Centre

Key facts

Client: Heritage Lottery Fund
Value: 16m
Architect: Consarc Limited
M&E Consultants: Delap & Waller
Structural Engineers: RPS
Contractor: Patton Construction

Services Provided

  • Construction Advice
  • Project Monitoring
  • Cost Planning and Management

Sectors

  • Education
  • Commercial & Retail
  • Conservation
  • Leisure

2M Associates provided Project Monitoring Services for Heritage Lottery Fund for the full restoration of Ballymena Town Hall, Museum and Civic Arts Centre.

As Project Monitors 2M Associates undertook reviews of the project at predetermined intervals and reported on:

  • Progress of all relevant Project activities against the programme
  • Project Expenditure (actual/forecast) against the budget
  • Proposed and actual changes to the project and the likely effects
  • Any contractual arrangements or claims affecting the project
  • Applications for project finance drawdown
  • Recommendations for action by the funder/monitor

The Town Hall is traditionally the seat of the Council and the Civic Centre for Ballymena. The main auditorium was also traditionally the Centre for the Arts in Ballymena.

The completion of the complex comprising of Museum, Arts, Theatre, Local Radio Station and Civic Centre and other social amenities will initiate the revival of the town centre which has been decimated by inappropriate fringe developments in recent years.

This is the most prestigious project ever undertaken by Ballymena Council. The combination of restoring the historical town hall building as the focal point of culture in mid-Antrim and providing a new dimension to the town with a splendid Area Museum.

The project included the vesting and demolition of surrounding property to provide the space for the new complex. This is a difficult split level site which presents logistical problems with regard to programming and planning. Combined with difficulties such as building basement retaining wall 6 metres under the foundations of neighbouring properties.

The works to the hall involve removing the existing balcony replacing it with retractable seating and increasing the capacity of the auditorium. The provision of a box office and reception desk, toilets,changing rooms etc, crush bar, kitchen and cafe, BBC unit, server rooms and control unit, workshop and stores, offices to provide modern facilities. Also included is an integrated educational multi purpose lecture theatre.

The inclusion of many specialist designers and sub-contractors in the project requires additional management and in our role as HLF Monitors we provide experience and guidance to the promoter not only in the actual construction process but in theatre and museum exhibits, marketing,publicity and funding.