The project to redevelop the MBC (Medical Biology Center) headquarters in Belfast included the construction of an internal atrium space to connect the MBC skyscraper with new premises.
Belfast, Northern Ireland
McLaughlin & HarveyBoswell Mitchell i Johnston
Performing static, fabrication and site project curtain walls.
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MBC - MEDICAL BIOLOGY CENTER
Country: UK, Northern IrelandLocation: BelfastPurpose:
science, healthcare, medicine
McLaughlin & Harvey
Boswell Mitchell i Johnston
Our contribution: Performing static, fabrication and site project curtain walls.
Project of reconstruction of the MBC (Medical Biology Center) Belfast’s
headquarters included the construction of the internal space of the atrium, to
connect original MBC tower with new teaching rooms, including the main hall and
a block of lecture halls.
Integration new and already existing structures created a lot of
engineering challenges, especially at the substructure level, since the
existing structure of the skyscraper had a single-storey basement.
Another element of redevelopment, which project was developed by
Doran Consulting was upwards expansion already existing Medical Biology Center
tower and the new building of the Faculty of Anatomy.
Work on the Department of Anatomy building included a vertical
6-story extension on top of the existing two-story structure to provide
additional auxiliary and office rooms. The existing 2-story building for the
Faculty of Anatomy has been designed to allow for future expansion. A new
steel-framed extension was constructed on the roof of the building adjacent to
the existing MBC tower and involved the creation of new entrances to the
high-rise building for communication on each of the six levels.
The work was complicated due to the extremely limited and
restrictive location where the existing building of the Faculty of Anatomy was
surrounded on all sides by other buildings. The need to maintain the usability
of the Faculty of Anatomy building as well as the adjacent single-storey
library which was also being expanded during this time further complicated the
matter and required the use of additional security measures, including the use
of a breakaway plate to secure the low roof of the library superstructure.
The closed area precluded the use of scaffoldings, which led to the
development of a composite system combining the glazing with the cladding as a
facade to raise the building by 6 storeys. Renovation works required the
removal of an existing concrete façade panels from the MBC tower block within
the partition where the new extension of the Anatomy Department building
adjointed the tower, and some structural alterations and strengthening of the
building’s first floor level were also required.
The building was constructed with a reinforced concrete frame that
was selected to reduce acoustic vibration between spaces. The roof, which
contained glazed skylights to bring natural light into the interior space, was
formed from structural steel.
MAS Design as an independent office has been present on the market since 2013. MAS Design is a leading design office in Poland implementing projects in the BIM formula. Our management team has over 15 years of experience in the facade cladding industry, collected while designing and implementatingthe facades.