In February 2015, PLACE was commissioned by Craigavon Borough Council to create a companion publication to 2014's Craigavon New Town. Like its predecessor, this publication tells the story of Craigavon from the perspective of those most intimately entangled with the place. In this instance, those voices are of the professionals whose vision was so instrumental in the shaping of Northern Ireland’s first New Town. In early March 2015, we held a series of oral history sessions; excerpts from these recordings are reproduced here verbatim, edited only for clarity & readability where required. We are hugely grateful to those individuals - William Cairns, Donal Crawley, Peter Hutchinson, Dick Mackenzie, Bill Morrison, Brian Woods, and Flo Woods, who gave their time and shared their stories in contribution to this project. We also want to acknowledge the many people who, due to time constraints, distance, or ill health, were unable to take part. Their stories are no less integral to the history of Craigavon for being omitted from this volume.
Craigavon, 50 years on from its inception, continues to have relevance in Northern Ireland, and there is much to learn from its innovations. In addition to personal accounts, we have collected in this publication contemporary reflections on the radical approach taken in Craigavon in four key areas, around which this volume is structured: Landscape Architecture, Roads, Housing, and Planning, authored by Gary Boyd, Wesley Johnston, Greg Keefe, Katy Locke, and Emily Smyth & Peter Hutchinson.
This publication is now available to purchase online via our publications page.