• project title: SSE Arena W5

  • location: Queens Quay | BELFAST

  • Completed: October 2018

  • Client: W5 Odyssey

  • project manager: Moore McDade Dowse

  • Architects: White Ink

  • Structural Engineer: RPS Consulting

  • Services Eng: Cundall M&E Engineers

  • Lighting Consultants: Sutton Vane Associates

  • Artist: Spencer Luckey

  • project value: £1.5million

W5 - Climb-it is a huge multi-storey climbing structure, which is a cross between a maze and a jungle gym, situated in the Atrium at the heart of W5. The first of its kind in the UK and Ireland, Climb-it is a unique, visually elegant, three dimensional sculpture specially designed for climbing. Oval platforms suspended from steel pipes and cables let visitors traverse over, under and through the amazing structure. Gilbert-Ash Fitout was principal contractor for the project, overseeing the installation in the W5 Atrium.


In a multi-storey space bathed in Irish light, a Celtic Dragon abstracted in steel invites children to climb the spans of its arched wings. One of the biggest climbers ever built, the structure dances through the space with apparent disregard for the rectilinear architecture it occupies. It is however, ingeniously configured to intersect with existing beams and columns where suitable: a celebration of the symbiosis of building and sculpture.

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