REQA was appointed as the club’s architect to oversee the construction phase of their new community centre. Before the commencement of new community building the club’s site boasted two playing pitches, clubhouse, community play park, walkway, gym and car parking facilities.
Externally, the dominant mono-pitch form is constructed with textured masonry. The choice of blockwork has a double meaning. Firstly, it reflects the location and proximity to the Mourne Mountains and secondly, conveys strength, a consistent attribute of the clubs sporting ethos. The rhythm of the main façade is established through columns regularly spaced and formed in darker concrete blocks. Between these vertical elements, lighter blocks provide depth and texture to the external aesthetic.
The main hall is suitable for indoor sports, Irish dancing and community gatherings. In addition to this generous space, a meeting/training room can host smaller functions, meetings and computer training classes. These main spaces are connected to the large kitchen carefully positioned to enable the building to cope with significant events in either of the main areas.