JTI Gallaher Ltd
This 28,000 ft2 extension to the ‘Other Tobacco Products’ (OTP) factory is part of a multi-phase masterplan development of JTI Gallaher’s main UK production facility site in Galgorm, Ballymena which aims to optimise the commercial/production potential of the site through re-developing/ extending the existing building stock where possible and increasing the overall energy efficiency of the site.
This phase also involved the establishment of a new corporate identity for the buildings at the site along with energy improvements to the existing envelope. The extension was designed and carefully phased to allow construction to progress without disruption to the ongoing operation and production of the adjacent live factory area.
The project’s environmental agenda is evident in the design and upgrade of the building envelope (to include increased thermal performance and triple glazing) and the specification of environmental controls – all of which achieve much higher standards than that required by building regulations. The envelope and environmental controls were also carefully detailed and researched to cope with exceptionally high internal humidity levels and avoid condensation. The existing building was re-configured to meet current building regulations, including fire safety and accessibility.
Photography: Donal McCann