This new build facility provides a unique community provision. Once a tightly knit urban neighbourhood with industrial employment nearby, the new motorway stamped a deep cut through a once connected place, separating neighbour from neighbour. Raidió Fáilte affirms a new physical presence directly onto the public space of the street. In an area of historical anti-social behaviour defensive mechanisms were integrated into the building’s façade such as the voided brick and gold metal screens perforated with historic verses of poetry in Irish Celtic; avoiding the need for unsightly roller shutters and enabling the building to have a much more welcoming demeanour. This project’s chief benefactor is the local community of the Lower Falls and Divis area. The learning hub has been a catalyst for new opportunities on a derelict troubled spot and provides a focus for regeneration.
Location: Belfast, Great Britain
Architect/Designer: McGurk Architects, ArdMackel Architects
Brickwork Contractor: Cleary Contracting Ltd
Brick: Wienerberger Ltd - Staffordshire Smooth Blue (SSB) Perforated, SSB Solid and, Dragfaced Chamfered Blue Paver
This year the Urban Regeneration category is sponsored by Michelmersh Brick Holdings PLC
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