NIACE Centre, Belfast

The Northern Ireland Advanced Composites and Engineering Centre (NIACE) is a technology hub for the research and development of advanced engineering and advanced materials technologies across a range of industrial sectors.

Rapport Architects worked extensively with a client comprised of Bombardier Aerospace, Queen’s University Belfast, and University of Ulster to provide a world class research and development building.

The building consists of 40,000ft2 of office accommodation, fabrication and processing workshops, laboratories (mechanical testing, polymer processing, 3D weaving, microscopy, thermal analysis), meeting spaces, and a unique design and visualisation facility.

The co-location of staff and facilities that NIACE offers enables companies to work at a level not currently feasible, promotes the development of skills and rapid knowledge transfer between the universities and industry, and facilitates the development of new products and manufacturing technologies, all of which supports major manufacturing companies and their supply chains to improve competitiveness.

The building was completed in the autumn of 2011 and was opened in January 2012.

NIACE Centre, Belfast