Daniel Libeskind has won permission for an £18 million peace centre on the site of Northern Ireland’s former Maze Prison
The starchitect is collaborating with Belfast-based McAdam Design on the scheme for the infamous site which will provide a shared space to support the work of peace building organisations and agencies in the region.
Daniel Libeskind said: ‘It is truly meaningful to build a hope-filled common ground, to tell individual stories and to do so at Maze Long Kesh.’
The project funded through an £18 million grant by the European Union’s PEACE III Programme, also includes the conservation of the H6 prison block, the prison hospital, emergency control building and chapel, alongside the new peace centre.
Pat Colgan, chief executive of the Special EU Programmes Body, which manages the PEACE III Programme, said: ‘This project represents one of the largest single capital build investments in peace-building under the current PEACE Programme.
‘Upon completion it will create an internationally recognised centre of excellence that will enable us to share our unique experiences of peace and reconciliation across the world. ‘
The former prison site will also feature an international standard showground facility for the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society designed by Studio Egret West.
The building is set to complete in 2015.