Riddel’s Warehouse, Belfast

Teams bidding for the role must feature an accredited lead RIBA specialist conservation architect or RIAI Grade 1 conservation architect along with a project manager, architect, quantity surveyor, principal designer, structural engineer, civil engineer, M&E consultant, fire engineer, heritage consultant, theatre design consultant and access consultant.

flexible performance venue and exhibition space which respects the building’s unique character. A café, interpretation area and up to 50 co-working desk spaces will also be delivered.

Project title Riddel’s Warehouse Project, Belfast
Client Hearth Historic Buildings Trust
Contract value £4.3 million
First round deadline Midday, 10 November 2023
Restrictions Applicants must provide three examples of relevant conservation-led projects that have been worked on to completion within the last 7 years
More information https://www.find-tender.service.gov.uk/Notice/029953-2023


The latest project comes five months after Belfast City Council revealed a seven-strong shortlist competing to design a £100 million Belfast Stories visitor attraction within a nearby Bank of Ireland building at the corner of North Street and Royal Avenue.

‘We are looking for an experienced team with a demonstrable track record in the delivery of successful & comparable listed building conservation projects. Experience of working on The National Lottery Heritage Fund projects, and with third sector organisations would be a distinct advantage.’

According to the brief: ‘A Conservation Architect led multidisciplinary team is sought to lead the repair and refurbishment of the Grade B+ Listed Riddel’s Warehouse in Belfast.

Featuring a polychromatic façade and an interior atrium with five storeys of galleries – Riddel’s Warehouse operated until 1973 and has been largely unused for the past few decades apart from occasional meanwhile uses and artistic events.

‘The team will provide design services, initially to RIBA Stage 3. Pending successful outcome of a funding bid to be made in approximately Q1 2025, the team will lead and deliver design services through to the completion of RIBA Stage 6.

The scheme will conserve and stabilise Riddel’s Warehouse and create a new

The £4.3 million restoration project aims to transform the four-storey former ironmongery warehouse – built for John Riddel and Co in 1867 to designs by Thomas Jackson and Sons – into a new flexible venue for performance arts featuring exhibition areas and creative co-working spaces.

Bids to deliver the contract will be evaluated 80 per cent on quality and 20 per cent on cost. Applicants must hold employer’s Liability Insurance of £10 million, Public Liability Insurance of £10 million and Professional Indemnity Insurance of £5 million.

Competition details

The winning conservation architect-led multidisciplinary team will design and deliver a project to repair, re-use and possibly extend the abandoned historic landmark on Ann Street close to Queen’s Bridge and the River Lagan.