The Botanic Gardens in Belfast were established in 1828 by the Belfast Botanic and Horticultural Society, in response to public interest in horticulture and botany. Today it is a popular spot with students, visitors to the area and often hosts concerts, festivals and other events.
CambridgeHOK were involved in the restoration of the Tropical Ravine Building, which is one of the existing Victorian glass structures on site and was originally opened in 1889. We were contracted to re-roof and glaze the 55 metre by 7.2 metre roof and 1 metre by 2 metre roof lantern. This involved the installation of an automated ventilation system to allow airflow within the building and the fitting of electronically controlled shade screens.
CambridgeHOK understand how important it is to make sure that these antique glasshouses are restored accurately and in accordance with the period that they were originally built in. Everything is designed and manufactured specifically for each project at CambridgeHOK’s main base in East Yorkshire so we can meet very specific and exact standards. This is important with any restoration project, especially when an eye for detail is needed. This project is due to be finished in July 2017, and then the glasshouse is due to re-opened at the Botanical Gardens that same month.