This 28,000 ft2 extension to the ‘Other Tobacco Products’ (OTP) factory is part of a multi-phase masterplan development of JTI Gallaher’s main UK production facility site in Galgorm, Ballymena which aims to optimise the commercial/production potential of the site through re-developing/ extending the existing building stock where possible and increasing the overall energy efficiency of the site.
This phase also involved the establishment of a new corporate identity for the buildings at the site along with energy improvements to the existing envelope. The extension was designed and carefully phased to allow construction to progress without disruption to the ongoing operation and production of the adjacent live factory area.
The project’s environmental agenda is evident in the design and upgrade of the building envelope (to include increased thermal performance and triple glazing) and the specification of environmental controls – all of which achieve much higher standards than that required by building regulations. The envelope and environmental controls were also carefully detailed and researched to cope with exceptionally high internal humidity levels and avoid condensation. The existing building was re-configured to meet current building regulations, including fire safety and accessibility.
Photography by Donal McCann
“White Ink Architects were always happy to engage in matters of minor detail, and that underpinned the success of this development.”
“We approached White Ink Architects following the viewing of their project – The Hill House. We felt that their careful response to working with and integration to existing buildings would be key to the success of our project. We are delighted with the openness of the new glazed extension and its ability to cross the divide between the internal and external realms.”
“White Ink Architects stood by their concept throughout design development and were able to demonstrate value when aspects of the design were challenged… such conviction has paid off… Project deliverables have met programme and quality targets.”
“They combine design flair with technical knowledge and bring the much needed element of ‘common sense’ to the design and build process.”
“They work in a collaborative and responsive way showing consideration and understanding of our functional needs, and our financial and time constraints.”
“They are always pro-active and prompt in dealing with the day to day issues that occur on a project.”
“…the refurbishment of the Whitehall Building is a feather in the cap for Sandy Row… its refurbishment breathes new life into the area.”
“White Ink Architects provided a unique and strong visual solution to this project working closely with our teams to ensure functionality was not compromised.”