NIFRS Service Support Centre

Lowry Building and Civil Engineering’s second major project for the Northern Ireland Fire and Rescue Service (NIFRS) involved the construction of a new Service Support Centre at Boucher Crescent, Belfast. The new facility is located alongside the existing NIFRS Training Facility and serves all NIFRS activities throughout Northern Ireland.

The new building followed the revolutionary design principles set by the Omagh Community Fire Station that was also constructed by LBCE and incorporates the same curved and asymmetric structural steel construction and red Kalzip roofing system.

It has been built to a BREEAM Excellent standard and features a 16-bay vehicle workshop, parking, stores, clean workshop areas, small equipment service areas, equipment treatment areas and office accommodation.

The generously-sized workshop is fully fitted with the highest specification equipment, including vehicle lifts, standing work stations and benches, and a Street Crane that spans the width of the workshop and is capable of moving the length of the bay to eliminate manual lifting of heavy parts.

Testing equipment for breathing apparatus and washing facilities for all work equipment such as PPE ensure all logistical support really can be carried out from this one hub. The project involved the installation and commissioning of all the equipment and necessitated the very highest standards of quality control throughout all stages of the construction and fit-out process. With such a comprehensive package, LBCE ensured all work was in full compliance with local, national and statutory regulations, manufacturers’ standards, design team standards and design intent. Once again, the secret to success for LBCE was the focus on the initial design stages.

Graham Baskin, Contracts Manager at LBCE, explained, “The relationship with NIFRS and the design team was vital and proved to be important as the project moved forward. I think the fact that we encountered minimal snags/ defects demonstrates that we fully understood what the client wanted.”

The partnership approach was also evident across the use of a competent and longstanding supply chain that LBCE specifically selected to deliver the project due to their expertise in the sector. “Early involvement of our first tier subcontractors was also vital in helping us to meet the tight cost and programme constraints that we had been set,” added Graham.

LBCE also implemented a traffic management plan to alleviate any issues in the busy retail- orientated Boucher Crescent area, with the company’s Considerate Constructors Scheme initiatives earning the project an excellent beyond compliance score along with additional BREEAM credits.

LBCE also welcomed visits by schools and colleges to the site throughout various stages to encourage students into the construction industry, with the project resulting in the company also opening a new office nearby.

The Old Bank, 7 John Street, Castlederg, BT81 7AW
T: 028 8167 8646

Sub Contractors

The brief given to the BL Shutters design team was to “provide doors that are marked by excellent quality, functional safety, efficiency for the end user and a long service life but also offering a high degree of compatibility with the buildings design through use of natural light”. Once again the company met these requirements to the high standards it is renowned for. BL and Hörmann’s collaborative approach has reaped huge rewards for the designer and client.

The Craigavon based company supplied and installed a range of Hörmann Decotherm roller doors, Hörmann sectional doors, fire rated roller shutters and steel security doors at the state of the art facility in Belfast.

The fully glazed Hörmann sectional doors provided optimum vision through natural light but also maintained the excellent insulation values required for energy efficiency whilst still satisfying the increasing regulatory requirements. BL Shutters’ main ethos is finding practical solutions not problems. BL Shutters is a leading name in this sector and is the registered trade partners for Hörmann UK industrial doors and loading bay equipment. The company is also the sole suppliers for Coopers Fire & Smoke curtains in NI and also trade partners with Assa Abloy steel security doors.

BL Shutters can now add NI Fire & Rescue Service to an already impressive list of prestigious projects for leading names such as Asda, Tesco, M&S, Porsche, Mercedes, Audi, VW, Jaguar Landrover, Terex, Almac, Norbrook, Ulster Rugby and Spar/ Henderson Group. BL Shutters has also worked extensively with the public sector across NI to include companies like NI Water, NIE, Translink, and all health and education boards. The company is currently working on the new Ulster Hospital and Royal Victoria Hospital developments.

BL Shutters’ wide range of products include industrial roller shutters, commercial roller shutters, fire rated roller shutters, domestic garage roller shutters, PVC strip curtains and crash doors, steel security doors, Hörmann sectional doors, Hörmann speed and spiral doors, Coopers Fire & Smoke curtains, and dock levellers and loading bay equipment. BL Shutters also provides a 24hr, 7 day a week emergency repair and maintenance service. All this is backed up by impressive credentials such as CE Marking certification, ISO 9001 quality system as well as Safe T Cert and Constructionline accreditations.

BL Shutters Ltd, Carn Road, Carn Industrial Area, Portadown, BT63 5WG
T: 028 3833 3551

Innovated Aluminium Technology (IAT) was delighted to be appointed as the glazing contractor for this prestigious project for the NIFRS and to continue the company’s close working relationship with Lowry Building and Civil Engineering.

Innovated Aluminium Technology manufactured and installed the curtain walling and external doors to this new facility. The installation also included Brise Soleil solar shading and an array of coloured and etched glass panels thus giving the building a new modern look. All systems where fabricated from the Metal Technology range of systems. Innovated Aluminium Technology worked closely with both the design team and the client to ensure that their vision of the finished building could be achieved. The team also liaised with the cladding contractor in detailing out the many different interfaces between the external cladding and the curtain walling. This was paramount, particularly at the curved front elevation section, to ensure that the building envelope was sealed and free from water ingress.

The NIFRS Service Support Centre is one of the largest projects that IAT has been awarded by Lowry Building and Civil Engineering. This showed the design team that IAT has the capability and knowledge to deliver such a complex project.

Innovated Aluminium Technology manufactures and installs a large variety of architectural glazing systems which meet the requirements of both the commercial and domestic customer.

Approved to manufacture and install the various architectural glazing systems which are available from Metal Technology, an acknowledged system supplier within the aluminium glazing industry throughout the UK and Irish markets, IAT can develop systems including windows, doors, curtain walling, louvres and Brise Soleil.

Innovated Aluminium Technology, 4 Longfield Rd, Eglinton, Co. Londonderry, BT47 3PY
T: 028 7181 0829

The experts at Graf UK Ltd provided a complete service for Lowry Construction and Civil Engineering at the new NIFRS Service Support Centre.

The company designed, supplied and commissioned the Graf EcoBloc Flex Inspect stormwater management system at the Boucher Road facility. The system has been designed with enough cover to achieve a loading of 60Tonnes, which is suitable for HGV loading and is also suitable for Inspection.

In addition to stormwater management systems, Graf UK has long-standing experience as a rainwater harvesting specialist and also offers wastewater treatment systems.

A complete design, supply, commission and maintenance package is available on all these product ranges, which have been developed to provide cost-effective and reliable solutions for domestic, commercial, and industrial applications. This ranges from single plot homes and housing developments through to hotels, supermarkets, industrial buildings and warehousing/ storage.

Graf UK Ltd, Regen House, Beaumont Road, Banbury, OX16 1RH.
T: 01608 499260
Graf Ireland, Milltown Business Park, Milltown, Co Galway
T: 093 51765

D.Roulston & Sons again teamed up with Lowry Building & Civil Engineering to deliver a full painting and decorating package on a commercial project.

The two companies have worked in partnership on a wide range of projects and D.Roulston and Sons used specialist internal paint finishes to provide a high standard of service for the new NIFS Service Support Centre.

The family-run company is headed up by Dessie Roulston along with his two sons, Stephen and Gareth and his daughter, Sharon Scott D.Roulston & Sons has over 15 years’ experience and in that time the company has managed to build up an impressive reputation for the skill and reliability of its workforce.

Boasting a wide portfolio of projects across numerous sectors, D.Roulston & Sons undertakes a wide range of paint jobs, from private residential to hotels and businesses and other organisations.

D.Roulston & Sons, 21 Learmore Road, Castlederg, BT81 7RX
T/F: 028 8167 9250

O`Neill Fencing was the preferred sub-contractor for the new fencing installation contract by long standing customer and main contractor, Lowry Building and Civil Engineering at the new NIFRS Service Support Centre.

O`Neill Fencing installed a full perimeter protection system, which included some minor civil works and 2,430mm high boundary fencing installed with single and double leaf access gates complementing the perimeter solution.

Some of the perimeter fencing was enhanced with additional security features added by the way of cover from view steel sheeting added to the panel and post system.

Securing this key fencing project made it a bonanza year in and around the Boucher Road area of Belfast for O`Neill Fencing.

Ambrose Houston, Project Manager for O`Neill Fencing, commented, “Belfast has certainly been a hot-spot for major projects for us this year. Key projects included the new fence installation at the prestigious JLR (Jaguar Land- Rover) showroom and, of course, the complex yet superb sports installation package at the new Olympia Leisure Centre. Our workmanship speaks for itself on these schemes”

O’Neill Fencing, 3 Lisbunny Road, Donemana, County Tyrone,
T: 028 7139 8300
M: 07855451812

Concrete Foundations Solutions worked closely with Lowry Building and Civil Engineering to create the substructure consists of ground beams and piled foundations that formed the basis of the new NIFRS Service Support Centre.

Based in Omagh, Concrete Foundations Solutions is a specialist in complete piled in-situ ground beams and pile breaking and has worked hard to build a reputation for reliability through work across the UK and Ireland.

Concrete Foundations Solutions draws on many years of piled foundation experience in Ireland, UK and Australia to deliver a level of quality that is second-to-none.

Offering a comprehensive range of foundation solutions to meet the needs of difficult ground conditions, the company can also cater for issues such as restricted access. Services include complete in-situ ground beams, pile breaking and restricted access ground beams.

With a focus on providing practical assistance and expert guidance, Concrete Foundations Solutions has worked with a range of clients, including national construction companies, local builders, architects, engineers, surveyors, shopfitters, developers, local authorities and insurance companies.

Concrete Foundation Solutions, 16 Crocknacor Road, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, BT79 0JS.
T: 07715 996934