Lanyon Building Restoration and Conservation Project

by Consarc Design Group

This building, designed by Charles Lanyon and dating from 1849, is arguably the most important building within the Queen’s University estate. The project conserves one of the most important Grade-A listed red-brick and sandstone buildings in Belfast.

When the project was initiated, it was in urgent need of conservation of carved stone elements that had degraded over time and repair of zinc windows and their surrounds that had suffered from unsuitable repairs. All windows were removed and replaced with new zinc lattice frames to match the original in style and proportion. The precise chemical composition of the zinc alloy was researched to achieve the necessary ductility to fabricate the fine lattice sections.

Repairs to decorative stone pinnacles, finials and crenelated balustrades involved the scanning of weathered and damaged elements of the facade and their reproduction reinstating the complex forms and details through computer guided fabrication facilitating a level of craft no longer economically viable through hand carving.

Judges said: ‘The Conservation Architect led design team had the skill and confidence to make proposals for the repair of degraded materials, but also to design and specify new elements for the building to make it fit for purpose in the 21st century whilst retaining all its significance and inherent character.”