Ulster Museum

Key facts

Client: Heritage Lottery Fund
Value: 14.7 Million
Architect: Hamilton Architects
Contractor: Patton Construction

Services Provided

  • Project Monitoring


  • Education
  • Conservation
  • Leisure

In 2006 the listed Ulster Museum building in Belfast underwent a £17 million major refurbishment and radical reconfiguration, providing a visually-stunning and welcoming environment as well as increased public space. History and Nature galleries have been upgraded and revitalised, whilst a new George and Angela Moore Gallery of Applied Art has been added to the existing art galleries. Dedicated learning spaces have been created throughout the building, including three ‘Discovery Centres’ for art, history and nature. 

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

2M Associates provided Project Monitoring services for the HLF, Belfast Office, which ensured that the project delivered on its approved purposes, that the risks to the HLF were understood and managed, that best practice was achieved at all times and that the financial and project management was sound and transparent.

The project works were undertaken as three distinct elements, museum shell works, museum fit out works and exhibit restoration and mounting. Many exhibits now on show were in the Museum Archive for years and due to the addition Gallery space are now proudly on show.

The restoration and extension of the Ulster Museum was funded by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Northern Ireland, the Heritage Lottery Fund and private grants and donations.