The £2.2m new build Top of the Hill Community Centre has created a much needed community heart for local residents in one of Londonderry’s most disadvantaged areas.
The prominent two-storey building on Trench Road provides offices, a nursery, youth facilities, a multi-use hall, training rooms and associated car parking in the grounds of the old Immaculate Conception College.
The bespoke design of the building itself is an outstanding feature, its irregular build shape, multiple roof levels and steel-framed large open spaces provides a unique community space. To make this possible, a lot of structural work was required before the project got out of the ground to facilitate the design demands of the building.
The Client brief of a high-quality building was truly delivered; a much-needed space that really adds to the community environment.
Lowry Building & Civil Engineering have completed the complete refurbishment of Loughmacrory Youth & Community Centre, now almost unrecognizable and a true hub for the local community to enjoy.
– Internal reconfiguration of entrance/foyer, kitchen, store, toilets,
– Upgrade of flat roof
– Provision of wall insulation throughout
– Full new mechanical and electrical fit out
– New floor insulation and sports floor to community hall
– Upgrade of kitchen and toilets
– Removal of stage and provision of new stores
The project involved the construction of a new build Church on an existing brownfield site on the Derverney Road in Omagh. The building features an enclosed courtyard with key facilities including a main sanctuary, prayer & youth wing, sunday school rooms, Pastors office & study, sports hall, baptismal tank, toilets and furniture stores.
It was constructed as a single storey traditional build with cavity block walling with facing brick external facades, partial steel portal frame, timber roof with natural slate covering which includes a dormer feature with natural zinc finishing. The internal fit out was completed to bespoke standards with Oak trim throughout and specialist AV installations and equipment.
Major external works were undertaken as part of the scheme. This involved full site drainage with storm attenuation tanks, new paths, boundary walls, oil tank enclosure, gates, bollards, car park with bitmac surfacing, paved courtyard & main entrance and full perimeter fencing.
The new Church also shares an access road with the Western Health and Social Care Trust – Omagh Centre facility and as such addition external works to public footpaths and kerbs on the public road were required to fully integrate the new site entrance.
The Strabane Community Project supports the quality of life experience for older people, the unemployed and the marginalised in society and contributes to social and community renewal. A key project to further these aims was the full refurbishment of number 42 Barrack Street, Strabane to provide a new day care and activity centre.
The scheme involved significant internal refurbishment to the existing detached, two storey period property including structural works & demolition to create new internal layouts and to replace a flat roof to the rear of the building. All windows, doors and floor finishes were replaced and full electrical rewiring was completed to meet current building standards. New lighting and fire detection systems were also installed throughout.
The scheme also involved the innovative transformation of a large plot of land to the rear of the property into shared allotments and gardens. This element required significant earthworks, the installation of site drainage and the formation of a network of paths to provide access to the different allotment areas.