Architects Advice for Building of Iconic New Circus Building

Closing date is: 
31 Mar 2017
We are seeking architect to help us on a journey to building an Iconic Circus Venue The scope of this assignment covers the development of ‘Architect Advice Spanning Stage 1 and Stage 2 of the RIBA Plan of Work’ for the proposed Belfast Circus Building

At Belfast Circus, we aim to achieve the following at our new state-of-the-art Circus Building;

  • Create an iconic building attracting tourists and citizens of NI alike
  • Establish Belfast as the leading destination for circus arts residencies in the UK and Ireland
  • The UK and Ireland’s largest programme of youth circus training
  • An extensive programme of aerial / acrobatic classes for adults
  • A range of professional artist training initiatives
  • Creation space for new shows
  • Create the UK and Ireland’s only dedicated circus performance venue encompassing state of the facilities
  • Public zones where visitors can view the artist training programmes whilst enjoying the café and circus shop
  • Catering facilities for a cafe during the day and meals during performance nights
  • Promote health and wellbeing amongst 100s of children, young people and adults each year
  • The first circus shop on the island of Ireland
  • The first circus museum in UK and Ireland located in the new building
  • Onsite vocational training programme in back stage technical skills

We have prepared a draft Schedule of Areas for the new building and this will be made available to the appointed architect-led team

The new building will have an iconic design.   It will be designed and equipped with the latest green technology and help to attract people irrespective of their interest in circus.  It will be a building that Belfast will be proud of.  The building will be recognised locally as a shared space in the heart of Northern Ireland’s capital city, actively contributing to the City Tourism and Cultural Strategy and helping to reinforce the city as a creative, innovative and exciting location for people who love to play hard and work hard. 

A new Belfast Circus Building will:

  • attract 1,200 people each week into the building to train and master circus techniques such as trapeze, silks, tightwire, stilts, unicycle, acrobatics and juggling
  • host a circus museum that will attract local and out of state visitors
  • stage regular circus cabaret dinner nights attracting an audience of 400 people each week
  • establish Belfast as one of the world’s leading destinations for contemporary community circus
  • provide employment for 70 people including 45 circus artists and teachers
  • animate outdoor zones and public spaces in surrounding the location of the building in conjunction with planned public events in the area.