Some projects can undergo various processes that can take years before they can move to the stage where the architect can get involved. Annadale Haywood Residents Association were one such Client where multiple hoops had to be jumped through. Many boxes had to be ticked before all the strands of their funding came together, which would allow them to progress with a new community centre and garden.
Up to this point, the community group had been operating in a converted flat located in Annadale Flats just off the Ormeau Road. Their resident's association's many activities included wide-ranging educational, cultural and social programmes for everyone old within the area. Over time the immediate locality had seen many changes that included much diversity. Naturally, the small flat was not able to continue to serve as a proper community centre.
It was the dream of the Group to have a brand new, modern facility where people could come together to enjoy a variety of activities. Job training, a youth club, older people's projects, counselling support for residents, a housing advice service as well as a range of celebrations that celebrated the ever-evolving local diversity.