Samuel Stevenson & Son

Chartered Architects


We are closed for the Christmas break and will return on 4th January 2016. We wish all our Clients and Professional Colleagues a very Happy Christmas and prosperous New Year.

The steel frame is now being erected for Phase 2 of the Spraoi Building Blanchardstown. This phase will provide Sports Performance Laboratories, Teaching rooms and an 80 person Lecture Theatre

Spraoi (Phase 2)
Magherafelt Primary School

We are pleased to have won the William Keown Trust Award for Accessibility for Magherafelt Primary School and Nursery School. We ensured a level approach was provided to the school and nursery main entrances and designed 3.0m wide paths to accommodate pedestrians and bicycles. An attractive ramp was designed as part of the site works to ensure accessibility to the lower ground level, which linked through to hard and grass play. Internally we provided generous corridor widths with an accessible lift to the lower ground floor.

This project comprised the refurbishment and alterations to areas within the Original Building at Inchmarlo Preparatory School (to the Royal Belfast Academical Institution). The main part of this building dates back to 1881. The works provided a new general office/reception area complete with bespoke reception counter within the ground floor (including structural alterations to create new openings), Headteacher’s Study, Waiting Area, refurbished Cloak Room and P4 & P5 Toilets, Caretaker’s Store, Disabled WC, Female WC, Staff Kitchen Area, Staff Room, Photocopier Room and IT Classroom (including removal of existing stud wall). The existing foyer was refurbished and a new Kahrs engineered timber floor installed.


The School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences (SMDBS) Queens University is now one of a small number of medical schools in the UK that continue to offer students the opportunity to study human anatomy by cadaveric dissection. The Centre for Biomedical Sciences Education (CBSE), which is located on the HSC, has stated that cadaveric dissection is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ approach for the study of human anatomy and as such it provides a major draw for prospective medical, dental and human biology students, from the UK and overseas. We are pleased to complete this new state of the art teaching facility for the University.

Our recently completed Foyle Arena built by O’Hare & McGovern has now been shortlisted for a 2015 CEF Construction Excellence Award!

Foyle Arena
Niall’s Wedding

Congratulations to Niall and Emma who tied the knot last week. We wish them all best for the future.

BAM Specialist Works have started the fast track conversion of Block D at the Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown converting existing Teaching spaces into Lecture Theatres with upgraded services and support accommodation. 

Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown

Samuel Stevenson & Sons will be closed from Monday 12th July to Friday 17th July. We will reopen on Monday 20th July at 9.15am



Mark Reid met local artist Mark Orange now based in New York who is working on a piece about the Orpheus building in York Street designed by Samuel Stevenson & Sons.

It was great to walk around one of our early buildings with Mark, particularly as we still have the original hand drawn plans. Samuel Stevenson designed the Belfast Co–operative Society building in 1910 and then between 1930 – 32 the five–storey Orpheus building was designed alongside in red brick with granite and Portland stone detailing and an exuberant Art Deco interior. The Orpheus restaurant and ballroom was the focal point of ‘the Co’, where shoppers could enjoy afternoon tea and top bands played at evening dances. The dance hall was famous at the time for having a revolutionary sprung floor making it a draw for most of our grandparents!

Orpheus Building

Congratulations to Suzanne, Brona, Niall and Martin for successfully completing the OCN Level 4 Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Construction course run by Belfast Metropolitan College.

Congratulations to Mark and Gerard who both completed the Gran Fondo with more than 3000 other cyclists. One of them did the “big one” to the Mourne’s whilst the other did the 56K Strangford run, We’ll not say who did which, however Mark was back at the Titanic building a few hours before Gerard!

Gran Fondo
Elmwood Manse


The official opening of the Elmwood Manse (new premises for University Health Centre at Queens and Belfast Health & Social Care Trust Adult Psychological Services ) opened officially today by Pro Vice Chancellor Prof Tony Gallagher and Chief Medical Officer of NI Dr Michael McBride.

The North West Regional Sports Campus, now renamed Foyle Arena is open and operational.


Friends School Lisburn

Friends School Lisburn – McAleer & Teague have started on site to construct a £2.5m teaching block to accommodate both music on the ground floor and mathematics on the first floor. The anticipated completion date is February 2016. John O’Dowd, Minister for Education cut the first sod last week.

Councillor Peter Martin, the Mayor of North Down Borough Council opens the Clandeboye Village Assocation play park. 

Clandeboye Play Park
North West Regional Sports Campus

North West Regional Sports Campus – This new facility for Derry City Council is due to open in late April – starting to take shape!


Strathearn School

The final phase of Strathearn School was handed over to the Client just before Christmas and Prince Edward formally opened the School on 25 February.

Another nice picture! 

Strathearn School