Client Aspirations
Provision of enterprise business premises due to a shortage within the area; attractive bespoke building premises; flexible spaces and development
Challenges
Set within a largely residential context; site adjacent to main Waste Water Treatment works for Cookstown; steep typography to existing ground
Our Response
This site, off Castle Road in Cookstown, is a neighbour to Killymoon Castle, one of John Nash’s earliest examples, and it is from this and the historical mill/factory buildings upon which Cookstown grew, which this design takes its cues from. The archetypal mill architecture from which Cookstown developed were predominantly two-storey, with an ordered repetition of windows, identically proportioned across their mass. Arches – one of the primary features of Killymoon Castle, feature commonly in brick architecture historically and express the strength and durability of this high- quality structural feature. The the language deployed for this development to give it a sense of identity and permanence. The design manipulates the existing topography of the site to best integrate itself opposite the established residential frontage of Castle Road. This sensitive approach manifests itself via offering a linear tree-lined buffer zone banking down from Castle road to a lower street level accessing the new development. The units are flexible and can be constructed in phases determined by demand. Accommodation includes: flexible office space, circulation zones, communal shared utilities/facilities