Downpatrick, Northern Ireland

Down District Council

William Keown Trust Access Award

This project involved refurbishment of the listed building and extension of the existing building located in Downpatrick Conservation Area. The scheme required sensitive treatment of the building to create a high quality community arts centre, providing a multi-purpose performance space, workshops, a ground floor gallery space, staff office and reception area. Demolition of the existing building at 3 Scotch Street and construction of a traditional 2-storey annex to the arts centre created additional floor space for the centre which included a ground floor café/retail space with a first floor multi-purpose space for smaller performances/workshops.

Conservation works were carried out using best practice within each trade/craft maintaining the building’s integrity, preserving as many original details as possible. NIEA were consulted to ratify conservation techniques for the building fabric. Good conservation practice of minimum intervention was implemented and the existing building fabric was substantially reused including refurbishment of original timber windows.