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Project Info

  • Project Category:
  • Project Name:
    Isle of Man Government Offices
  • Client:
    Isle of Man Government
  • Location:
    Bucks Rd, Douglas, Isle of Man IM1 3PN
  • Architect:
    Ellis Brown Architects

Project Overview

This scheme involved major works to a group of four historic buildings (3,980m²) in the Centre of Douglas. The historic buildings date back to 1864 and comprised the retention and refurbishment of works to provide new accommodation linking the four existing buildings. Our main focus was to safeguard the buildings with historical importance.

The purpose of the project was to integrate the existing high profile period buildings into a prestigious new national Assembly Building to serve the oldest continuous parliament in the world, Tynwald.

The redevelopment of existing Government buildings provides office accommodation for civil servants and access for the public to the Public Records Office. The works consisted of the complete demolition of the existing three storey Stack Building and the partial demolition of the existing four storey Old Registry Building.

A contiguous piled wall was constructed to facilitate the excavation of a single storey basement. Adjacent buildings were underpinned and a new five storey in situ concrete framed structure was erected. The existing external walls of the Old Registry Building were cleaned and repointed externally and were treated for dry rot and damp proofed internally. A new brick façade was constructed to the Stack Building which replicated the old façade which had been demolished, this façade incorporated existing sandstone features which had undergone restoration.

Computer access flooring was installed at all levels. Metal stud partitions and glass block walls were erected. Mechanical and electrical services consistent with modern office construction were installed. The new facilities also included a lift installation. Joinery works and floor, wall and ceiling finishes provided were of a high level of specification consistent with the prestigious nature of the project.

The finished refurbishment provides better working conditions for staff and better facilities the general public, including easier ground floor access to the Tynwald library.

Key Features

  • Listed building
  • Extensive works carried out within historic buildings
  • Demolition & partial demolitions
  • Form of contract: JCT 80 Local Authority Standard form with quantities & amendments
  • Discovery of dry rot in existing & retained structures
  • New brick facade was constructed to the Stack Building which replicated the old facade which was demolished.
  • Hand carved sandstone detailing was required where the original was beyond restoration
  • Town Centre restricted sloping site
  • High Court of Tynwald Chambers were extended which involved extensive temporary weathering to protect the existing finishes (including the ornate wallpaper)
  • On completion of the basement excavation, the inner face of the piles was sprayed with Gunnite to provide a basis for the tanking system.