Two Years On The Duncairn Centre Inspires

A heritage insulation retrofit case study Enviroform Solutions was proud to be the Insulation partner in a project to create one of Ireland’s most interesting new concert and arts venues, the Duncairn Centre in North Belfast. The refurbished centre is constantly delighting concertgoers with its comfort and quality. That is due in no small part to Enviroform Solutions innovative use of Spaceloft Aerogel insulation which is sympathetic to the unique requirements of this beautiful building.

Heritage Insulation Retrofit

Two years since it first opened its doors, the Duncairn Centre in North Belfast is still flourishing and inspiring. A stunning concert and Arts venue located on the Antrim Road, the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts is North Belfast’s first purpose built Arts and Culture shared space venue. A beautiful building with a distinguished heritage, insulation retrofit was the only way to upgrade the building without compromise.

Aerogel offered the only option in this project to maximise the energy efficiency without compromising the fabric.

This autumn it has featured a series of exciting concerts featuring the likes of Donal Lunny, Eddie Reader, Michael McGoldrick, Seamus Begley, Steve Cooney and Trevor Hutchinson. An concertgoers are constantly impressed by the quality and comfort in the refurbished former church.

Heritage Building with Aerogel Insulation

Heritage insulation retrofit by Enviroform Insulations. Spaceloft Aerogel Insulation and Duncairn Arts CentreThe building is listed Grade B+ by the NIEA due to its historic value as part of a unique complex owned by the Presbyterian Church and also due to its architectural merit as a fine example of de
corated Gothic style.

Doherty Architects, were commissioned to convert the disused church to a cultural centre. And due to the unique requirements of such a heritage property Enviroform Solutions were commissione to provide the insulation solution. Aerogel offered the only option in this project to maximise the energy efficiency without compromising the fabric.

“Our solution provided the highest thermal performance, taking up the least space because of the coping restriction which existed on the roof. In addition consideration had to be given to what we were doing would not affect the structure in anyway i.e. increasing the chances of dry or wet rot by condensation.”

“We did this by carrying out a WUFI assessment which looks at a number of factors like weather, orientation and comes up with a conclusion. It this case it reported that by installing Spaceloft Aerogel with certain intelligent vapour barriers then there was no risk.”

“The message is that Spaceloft Aerogel has a real benefit within the Heritage Sector adding real energy performance without risking the fabric of the building.”

The new £3.5million venue is a world-class facility consisting of 3 art studios, exhibition area, community meeting room, 170 capacity theatre/performance and rehearsal space, café/bistro and conference rooms. The Centre provides a platform for local and international artists to showcase their work as well as give the local community access to an arts and cultural programme of the highest quality. The project received a commendation in the Royal Society of Ulster Architects Awards in 2014.

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