• Project Title: Giant's Causeway Visitor Centre

  • location: Causeway Road | ANTRIM

  • completed: may 2012

  • Client: National Trust

  • Project Manager: Edmond Shipway

  • Quantity Surveyor: Edmond Shipway

  • Architect: Heneghan Peng

  • Structural Engineer: Arup

  • Services Engineer: Bennett Robertson

  • Landscape concept & interiors: Heneghan Peng

  • Project Value: £10MILLION

The Giant’s Causeway Visitor Centre was shortlisted for the 2013 RIBA Stirling Prize.

Gilbert-Ash was appointed as design & build partner on this iconic building. The project brought very unique challenges as it is built on a UNESCO World Heritage site and therefore had to be carried out within strict and sensitive environmental and sustainability guidelines. The remit of the project included construction of a 1815 m2 building in a single storey earth-defended structure, with facilities comprising of retail, catering, tourist information, interpretation and exhibition space, restrooms and staff accommodation. The centre is the busiest National Trust attraction in the UK, with 1million visitors per annum.


“This elegant, powerful visitor centre appears to be born of its place; the irregular lines of basalt columns grow and recede into the landscape to form the building edges, with the building roof a part of the dramatic landscape”

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