Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts Doherty Architects were commissioned to design the conversion of the former Duncairn Church to a Centre for Arts and Culture. The building is listed Grade B+ by the NIEA due to its historic value as part of a unique complex owned by the Presbyterian Church and also due to its architectural merit as a fine example of decorated Gothic style. The original church and manse, built in 1862, was designed by W J Barre. Subsequent additions, including the side aisles and the organ recess, were designed by Young & McKensie. The Halls were added in 1915.
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich is the Irish language cultural centre founded in 1991 and located in this refurbished Presbyterian Church. The centre is named after Robert ‘Shipboy’ McAdam, a Presbyterian Gaelic revivalist from the mid 19th century and Cardinal Tomás Ó Fiaich, another gaelic scholar. The building is a red brick church built in a gothic style and was the Broadway Presbyterian Church in Belfast from its construction in 1882 up until 1982. It became vacant in the mid 1980’s and was renovated around that time to make workshop and educational space though conversion and insertion of two floors with fire exits into the building. In that process the internal sense of the church was lost and the basic structure of the layout was defined.
Architects Office Kinnaird Street is a short Victorian terraced street in North Belfast. It was originally an affluent part-of-town: a street on an east-west axis that led from the Antrim Road into the former Girdwood Park. In the transformed urban landscape, particularly in North Belfast, the street lost its affluent families, then became mixed-use – residences and offices – and has long since reduced to its current sad state of partial dereliction.
Creative Industries Office Building Weavers Court is a campus style business park adjacent to Belfast city centre and the major transport hub of Great Victoria Street Bus and Rail. Our client approached us with a requirement for the provision of flexible Grade A office space to be later adapted to the needs of specific tenants, with an eye to the technology sector to add to the overall business park. The location of a dilapidated nineteenth century red brick office/warehouse building was identified for the development by the client on the edge of the business park, on an industrial site that goes back to the early days of the city of Belfast. The existing building was in a poor state of repair with spalling brickwork, leaking roof and rotten windows; and was initially a clear candidate for demolition and replacement. The building though, clearly had a lot of history and character and so we set about the challenge of seeing if any of the existing facility could be successfully adapted to contribute to a successful scheme.
With over 50 years of experience, the architectural practice that is now Doherty Architects was established in North Belfast in the early 1960’s. Over these years, working from our own premises, we have developed expertise in the design and delivery of a wide range of building types.
During 2009, the company was rebranded as Doherty Architects under the direction of Lee and Michael Doherty who have been with the company for over 30 Years.
Lee and Michael have established a core team of individuals who all contribute a wealth of expertise. Using this knowledge base as a foundation we used our own offices as an exemplar project to promote our core principles of design quality, social responsibility and commercial viability. Three run down terraced houses, off the Antrim Road, provided the perfect opportunity to showcase how we unlock the potential within existing buildings and the existing site constraints.
We pride ourselves on utilising the latest technology to help us deliver each project. We transitioned to using BIM in 2007, years ahead of the government’s strategy. We are also one of the first firms within Northern Ireland to utilise VR as a core part of our design process. Supported by a team of associates Lee and Michael steer the design vision of the company and are integral to each project. Our team come together as a collective of knowledge and creativity, working within a fast paced and enjoyable environment. The sharing of ideas is heavily promoted within the office and we take pride in the collective contribution of our team approach to each design.