Converted Apartments, East Belfast

Project: Converted Apartments, East Belfast

A Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater system from Alumasc has contributed to the sympathetic conversion and refurbishment of the former Mersey Street Primary School in East Belfast. 

A sensitive design solution by architects Isherwood and Ellis saw the redundant Grade B1 listed primary school converted into 30 self-contained apartments by building contractors Connolly and Fee Ltd for the social housing provider, Connswater Homes. 

As a Grade B1 listed building, the facade could not be significantly altered, leading Isherwood and Ellis to specify Alumasc’s Heritage Cast Aluminium rainwater system with a black textured finish to replicate the school’s original cast iron system. The Heritage Cast Aluminium range is ideal for traditionally designed buildings and can be used for the direct replacement of cast iron, whilst offering all the benefits of modern aluminium casting techniques and factory finish.

The system, which was supplied by Alumasc approved supplier PFC Rainwater Systems of Newtownabbey in County Antrim, has minimal maintenance requirements and is lightweight, durable and easy to handle and fix. The moulded profile specified for Mersey Street was one of five profiles that are available in the range, alongside a choice of imperial sizes and RAL colours to suit all projects.

The Social Development Minister, Nelson McCausland opened the new £3 million development in November and added: “This really is an impressive development and good news for the people of East Belfast. Not only does this innovative project provide much needed new housing in an area of high housing need, but it rescues a much loved historic building of local importance.”

In a recent move designed solely for the benefit of Contractors and Merchants, an extensive range of Alumasc’s most popular Aluminium rainwater systems has been made available ex-stock with an unrivalled lead time of 3 days. For projects carrying tight deadlines Alumasc also offers an Express Delivery – Next Day Service.

Heritage Cast Aluminium is available ex-stock with the popular textured black PPC finish, in Half Round 4”, 4½” and 5” profiles and Circular Pipe in 2½” and 3” diameters.  Alumasc are the only manufacturer to supply their Aluminium Rainwater Systems accredited with BBA Approved Powder Coatings.

For further details on Heritage Cast Aluminium cast iron or to request literature, please contact Alumasc on 0808 100 2008. Alternatively, visit the website