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Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Local graduates gain design experience with Belfast based football club

Newtown Forest FC, a cross-community football club based in South Belfast, is currently working on a project to have the first eco-friendly football ground on the island of Ireland.

In April 2013 the club reached out to local graduates to offer real design experience through the development of floor-plans and 3D renders of a proposed new club building.

Andrew Molloy (Architecture PhD student) and Catherine McCormick (Urban Design graduate) responded to the opportunity and met Michael Kitchen (Club Rep) and Jonathan Smith (Club Secretary) in May 2013 to discuss the brief. Michael explains that the club wanted "something different, something special ... to call our home". There were few requirements from Michael and Jonathan who suggest they were "not the most difficult clients to work with!" The building design was to incorporate prominent signage, a roof terrace and plentiful glazing over-looking the pitches. Further design interpretation was left to the creative skills of Andrew and Catherine.


Proposal credit Andrew Molloy and Catherine McCormick.

Newtown Forest FC were "delighted" with the design proposals presented to them. Following detailed consideration of the proposals the club suggested a number of amendments that Andrew then implemented. Andrew is now engaging with an Architect experienced in Sustainability and Eco-Design.

Michael Kitchen (Newtown Forest FC) explains that the club have researched and are considering a number of options including "rain collection units, solar power for electricity and / or heating water and LED lighting".

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