The site for this Primary Care Centre in Fermanagh was a steeply sloping field with a fall of over 6m from front to back.
Our approach to the design of the building was to provide a contemporary solution that references the tradition and forms of buildings in the countryside so that the building would enhance its locality. The gables are restricted in width and have steeply pitched slated roofs. The detailing is sharp and modern and the external colours are bold. The red and green used reflect the traditional colours of agricultural buildings in the surrounding landscape.
The building nestles into the sloping site and careful manipulation of the levels from the car parking to the rear and through the courtyard mean that level access is possible to the main entrance despite the steep slope. The highly insulated and air-tight envelope is orientated to take advantage of free passive energy, with the glazed link acting as a heat-sink to modulate the temperature of the building.
Every opportunity has been taken to provide space for social interaction. The courtyard is a natural meeting point with low-level walls acting as seating. The glazed corridor leading to the consulting rooms is designed as a gallery space and is bathed in sunlight.
Photography by Donal McCann
“White Ink Architects were always happy to engage in matters of minor detail, and that underpinned the success of this development.”
“We approached White Ink Architects following the viewing of their project – The Hill House. We felt that their careful response to working with and integration to existing buildings would be key to the success of our project. We are delighted with the openness of the new glazed extension and its ability to cross the divide between the internal and external realms.”
“White Ink Architects stood by their concept throughout design development and were able to demonstrate value when aspects of the design were challenged… such conviction has paid off… Project deliverables have met programme and quality targets.”
“They combine design flair with technical knowledge and bring the much needed element of ‘common sense’ to the design and build process.”
“They work in a collaborative and responsive way showing consideration and understanding of our functional needs, and our financial and time constraints.”
“They are always pro-active and prompt in dealing with the day to day issues that occur on a project.”
“…the refurbishment of the Whitehall Building is a feather in the cap for Sandy Row… its refurbishment breathes new life into the area.”
“White Ink Architects provided a unique and strong visual solution to this project working closely with our teams to ensure functionality was not compromised.”