Hamilton Architects were appointed by the Department of Finance and Personnel (DFP) Properties Division to design a new signature headquarters building at Ballykelly for the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA).
The initial accommodation project circa 5175m2 comprises 470 workstations, a ministerial suite and includes infrastructure for expansion.
We followed current office accommodation best practice guidance including The Government Office Specification and Workplace NI Design Informative in preparing layouts for review. This included spatial arrangements for circulation, allowances for services and infrastructure for expansion.
The state-of-the-art design, with its dynamic interiors is planned with communal, outward looking spaces which serve as both circulation and breakout areas, with the added value of being available for local community use. This flexible arrangement however neither disrupts nor compromises the efficient open plan offices. Specifications were developed from the earliest stage to ensure cost verification and value for money throughout the design stages. Design quality for the project takes account of functionality, appropriate build quality and impact on the environment in-line with the briefing requirements.