Coleraine-based McGarry-Moon Architects has won planning for its first social housing scheme in the Falls Road, Belfast
The scheme for Clanmill Housing Association, will replace a derelict former pub on the site and includes 11 flats and a shop at the ground floor level.
Built from brick, the four-storey building forms part of the block which includes the Falls Road library and according to the practice ‘aims to act as a bookend for the city block’.
The challenge of the site’s narrow boundaries and corner location also offer the opportunity to rationalise its immediate surroundings. Drawing inspiration from the distinctiveness of the area, our proposal seeks to reinforce and evolve local characteristics that are considered positive and attractive.
The restrained beauty of the remaining factory and mill buildings, such as the mill on Conway Street, have been influential. West Belfast enjoys a rich history of linen flax spinning. These special and characteristic buildings on the Falls Road offer the opportunity for the proposed building to form a modern, distinct interpretation of the area’s personality, and history, without resorting to mimicry.
Brick is the predominant fabric of the City, and is our chosen primary material. The commonplace material is celebrated through careful detailing, especially evident on the curved corners of the proposal, which soften the scheme’s impact on the street.
Ground floor plan
McGarry Moon Ground floor
First floor plan
McGarry Moon First floor
Second floor plan
McGarry Moon Second floor
Third floor plan
McGarry Moon Third floor
McGarry Moon East elevation
McGarry Moon West elevation
McGarry Moon North elevation
McGarry Moon South elevation
Location Falls Road, Belfast
Type of project social housing
Client Clanmill Housing Association
Architect McGarry-Moon Architects
Planning consultant Turley
Structural engineer Taylor & Boyd
M&E consultant ISD Consultants
Quantity surveyor Donaldson Associates
Funding Clanmill Housing Association
Gross internal floor area 845m2
Form of contract and/or procurement NEC3 Traditional