Kennedy Fitzgerald Architects LLP

Belfast based practice founded in 1960

Overview Project Details

This project enhances Londonderry Park in Newtownards, providing modern competition and community standard sports facilities whilst maintaining the informal nature of the existing parkland. Site access was improved through a new dedicated entrance with car parking directly from the Portaferry Road, a main arterial route along the North Down Peninsula.

The facilities incorporate a new pavilion, two FIFA standard synthetic football pitches, one international standard synthetic hockey pitch, a cricket compound, public toilet facilities to the existing children’s play park and a site trim trail.

The pavilion provides the primary social and changing facilities and is centrally located to support all users. The building encourages a visual relationship, providing uninterrupted views across the pitches, the wider parkland and beyond to Scrabo Tower. The building retains a strong pavilion architectural aesthetic and connects with the parkland setting through the use of iroko timber cladding which is contrasted against robust grey brick elevations and zinc clad roofs.

Client Ards and North Down Borough Council

Service Full Architectural Service

Project Value £6.4M

Status Completed August 2015

Londonderry Park Redevelopment Newtownards