ARC HEALTHY LIVING CENTRE, IRVINESTOWN
Client – Irvinestown Community Partnership
Contract Value – £250k Stg. £300k Stg.
Timeline – June 1997 – November 2001
March 2013 – July 2014
(Inception – completion)
The centre would be a base for a wide variety of local bodies (20-30) such as health visitors, Women’s Aid, a Community Mental Health Team, Citizen’s Advice Bureau, Age Concern, etc. There was no precedent for the brief, but generally the building was to be bright and airy, welcoming and non-institutional. It aims to promote a holistic approach to health and well being, encouraging informal and inclusive self-help.
The exterior of the building is modest and reflects the form of the existing terrace. New self-coloured render finish, profiled roof tiles and fenestration give the facility its own identity, yet allows it to sit comfortably within its surroundings.
Internally the opportunity of four different ground floor levels, plus the mezzanine gallery, has been exploited to create a dramatic entrance sequence. All these levels are inter-visible from the foyer. The slope of the ceiling remains constant unifies the circulation spaces and leads to the new meeting room.
Further extension works took place between 2004 and 2007 and March 2013 to July 2014.