Ballycragh Community Centre
Ballycragh Community Centre comprised of a single storey standalone building constructed in a parkland site which comprised of a large sub-dividable multi-purpose room, offices, a reception, area, meeting rooms, a canteen area/coffee shop, kitchen, toilet areas, second floor plant room over the corridor & 2 semi-enclosed landscaped courtyard with specialist fabricated high railings and gates.
The floor area was approximately 405 M2 & the building varied in height from 3.9 to 6.4 metres. There was a requirement to achieve a high level of energy efficiency in line with the Department of Environments TOWARDS CARBON NEUTRAL PROGRAMME which was a priority of SDCC and to further this the building is heated using a heat pump fed from the lake in the middle of the public park.
This project was constructed on made up ground in the middle of a public park and required a series of piles and ground beams to form the foundations. This was followed by forming the skeleton of the building using a series of concrete columns and beams which were then infilled with thermal blockwork for energy efficiency. The external walls were all then all sheeted with an external reinforced insulation rendering system. Internally a combination of composite steel & glulam laminated timber columns & beams formed the roof structure with an insulated standing seam aluminium roof in two sections. The project also involved aluminium curtain walling, windows & doors, large glazed & panelled internal joinery, heat exchange & recovery, permeable paving entrance driveway & turning circle, paved & landscaped courtyards with gates & railing & tree planting & soil levelling.