Ulster Hall Restoration

Key facts

Client: Heritage Lottery Fund
Value: 10.7 Million
Architect: Consarc
M&E Consultants: BDP
Structural Engineers: RDS Consulting Engineers
Contractor: Graham Construction Ltd

Services Provided

  • Project Monitoring


  • Conservation

In 2007, the Grade B1 Listed Ulster Hall underwent a major restoration, restoring the venue back to its original condition whilst also modernising the building's facilities and providing better disabled access. 2M Associates provided Project Monitoring Services to the Heritage Lottery Fund Belfast office, undertaking reviews of the project at pre-determined intervals and reporting on:

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

This £10.7 Million restoration project included the following works:

  • Refit and redecoration of the Grand Hall
  • Recreation of the original metal balcony balustrade and chandeliers
  • Installation of new roof, floors and a moveable stage extension
  • Installation of new high-specification sound, heating, lighting and air-conditioning systems
  • New 5-storey extension at the rear of the building, providing modern dressing rooms, education suites, meeting and administrative facilities and the offices of the Ulster Orchestra
  • Restoration of Joseph Carey's paintings of Belfast scenes and development of a new dedicated gallery space
  • New interpretative display telling the history of the Ulster Hall
  • Conversion of the adjoining Group Theatre into circulation space, bar and café.

The refurbishment was jointly funded by Belfast City Council, DCAL, the Heritage Lottery Fund & the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

As part of our Monitoring service, we ensured that the project delivered its approved purposes, that the risks to the HLF were fully understood and managed, that best practice was achieved at all times and that the financial and project management was sound and transparent.