Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick

Situated in Downpatrick’s Conservation Area this project completed comprised the external and internal refurbishment works to the Grade B1 listed Arts Centre, locally known as the DAC.

The project was completed phases with the works including repairs to the roof, brickwork and stonework; repointing; priming and painting rainwater goods, plus the creation of a new entrance at Scotch Street & the addition of a traditional two-story annex.

The newly refurbished Centre also comprises a café and retail space, multi-purpose workshop / performance space, office space, reception area and gallery space.

Due to the listed status of the building, a detailed pre-construction survey was carried out on the property and numerous technical and coordination meetings were held on to ensure Risk and Cost management issues were addressed & to ensure that all stakeholders including NIEA were consulted.

The repairs were completed in close consultation with NIEA to ensure the fabric of the building was protected and façade repairs etc. reinstated in accordance with the constraints of keeping the industrial appearance & maintaining the heritage of the listed buildings with records detailing materials and methodologies used, including pre-and post-completion photographs to validate the progress and successful completion.

As the DAC is located in the Centre of Downpatrick on Irish Street, the main thoroughfare through the town; works had to be coordinated to minimize disruption, which meant maintaining safe access routes & co-ordination of deliveries was a daily issue ergo we focused heavily on communication with all parties to ensure that disruption was kept to a minimum.

Working By utilising detailed programmes, using ‘golden’ samples to control the quality of finishes & more importantly working with a team who shared the same goals and aspirations allowed us to effectively manage risk, concentrate on detail and quality & successfully deliver this project on time, on budget & defect free.