The Royal Belfast Academical Institution, Belfast

Client: The RBAI Board of Governors

The Royal Belfast Academical Institution is a Grade A listed building built to designs prepared by the eminent architect Sir John Soane between 1810 and 1814. Alastair Coey Architects were appointed in 2011 to prepare a condition report and specification for the renovation of the external fabric of the Soane building and north wing.

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Model Primary School, Newtownards

Client: South Eastern Education and Library Board

The Model Primary School was designed in the Jacobean Revival style, by Frederick Darley of Dublin around 1858 and opened in 1862. It was one of twenty-eight model schools erected throughout Ireland in the mid-nineteenth century. Restoration to the external fabric included stonework repairs, replacement of missing carved details and refurbishment of sash windows. A new two-storey extension is separated from the original building by a full height glazed atrium. The project received numerous awards.

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Union Theological College, Principal's House, Belfast

Client: Presbyterian Church in Ireland

In April 2005 Alastair Coey Architects were appointed to undertake refurbishment of the Grade A listed Principal’s House, built around 1878. The building had been vacant since 2001. The overall scheme consisted of external restoration of the existing fabric, internal refurbishment and remodelling to provide a contemporary extension in the courtyard containing new student common room and basement.

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Brownlee Primary School, Lisburn

Client: South Eastern Education and Library Board

Brownlee Primary was built in 1913 by local architect James Hunter, and falls within Lisburn Conservation Area. The school consists of the original brick built building, with single storey extensions to east and west, and north. Adjoining the historic building, is a two-storey extension, built in 1960. Although well-maintained, the school suffered from outdated facilities, inadequate classroom and storage space, poor insulation and weatherproofing.

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Carnegie Library, Bangor

Client: South Eastern Education and Library Board

The Carnegie Library in Bangor was built between 1908 and 1910 to designs by Ernesty L Woods in the Arts and Crafts style. The scheme, completed in 2008, was developed by Alastair Coey Architects in conjunction with the SEELB Architects Department. External restoration involved re-slating, stone and brick repairs and refurbishment of rainwater goods and windows. Internal remodelling of the original building provided level access at first floor level. A new three storey return building replacing the original south block, connected to the original building via a glazed link.

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Union Theological College, Belfast

Client: Presbyterian Church in Ireland

Union Theological College was designed by Charles Lanyon and built c.1850. In 2013 Alastair Coey Architects was appointed to prepare a condition report and specifications for stonework restoration of the Grade A listed main building. Work commenced in 2014 and is due to be completed over three phases.

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Inchmarlo Preparatory School, Belfast

Client: The Royal Belfast Academical Institution

The Preparatory School of Royal Boys Academical Institute was founded at ‘Inchmarlo’ Marlborough Park Belfast in 1917. This was as the result of the boarding houses at Inst being closed and the Governors deciding to buy a property at 106 Marlborough Park North.

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