street society 2012: Ballykinler school

'Transfer tests' - from closed school to community centre. A one week design research office of 'Street Society', with architecture students from Queen's University, Belfast. 12 - 16 March 2012.

Street Society is a one-week design research office. It is an opportunity for first year students from both the undergraduate BSc Architecture and the Masters in Architecture course in the School of Planning, Architecture and Civil Engineering at Queen’s University Belfast, to work together on a real project for a real client in real time.
This year the emphasis is shifting from the urban to the rural and to projects that are in someway set, related to, respond to, or operate in the countryside of Northern Ireland.

PS² and artist/ community activist Anne-Marie Dillon, Ballykinlar proposed to use the former village school- now for sale- as a site for research and potential alternative for a community centre.

Participating students:
Gemma Doherty (project manager), Melissa Arnold, Joanne Macey, Saba Ahmad, Andrew Bryce, Jamie Jackson, Matthew Murnin, Nuoya Liu.


For more information about Street Society see here.
To see a video documenation about the project/s click here.

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Brief
To propose ways of (self-help) renovation of a former Primary School in Ballykinler, Co. Down and its potential future use as a community centre:
-to research examples of similar transfers of schools from education to community use
-to consult with villagers and Army families
-to suggest a phased renovation plan
-propose a micro scale building programme
-design a sparkling detail (tower extension, space connection…) which transforms the existing building
-integrate a community garden and adventure playground on site
-develop a time plan for the renovation and budget
-consider running costs
-identify possibilities of a community management
-identify income and innovative self-generating funding sources.
Other
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low budget approach
- ecological
- step by step approach (what is the minimum to do).

Ballykinler//Ballykinlar
The small village of Ballykinler/Ballykinlar, situated at the southeast coast of Co. Down, is dominated by a British Army site ‘Abercorn Barracks, located there since 1901. The village with around 400 inhabitants (and 1200 in the Army Camp) can be seen as a condensed example of rural life in Northern Ireland, with its social and infrastructural problems and historical divisions.
Until recently, Ballykinler didn’t have a community centre. Only through the activities of a resident artist, backed in parts by a community organisation, first a caravan and since 2010 an empty hair dresser salon was converted into a small community centre. It is now used for many activities, from Bingo for pensioners, Mother&Toddler group to youth clubs www.villageworks.org.uk; a much need space, already too small.


street society 2012: Ballykinler school
Down Recorder, 14 March 2012

School
The former Primary School, situated in the village centre next to the Army camp, was closed and boarded up in 2009. It is now for sale from the Southern Eastern Education and Library Board, with ‘good development potential for residential units’.
In the past, the community has tried to take over the school and even considered squatting it. Recent contacts with politicians and local councillors have raised hopes for a community take over and use of the school as community centre.

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Presentation

street society 2012: Ballykinler school
16 March: two presentationsby the architecture students of their proposals:
-to the community at the Ballykinlar Cultural Centre (the clients)
-to the public at the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

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Outcome// Proposals

street society 2012: Ballykinler school

 

street society 2012: Ballykinler school

 

street society 2012: Ballykinler school

Phase 1 - 2012

street society 2012: Ballykinler schoolBoarded up school, March 2012


street society 2012: Ballykinler school

Phase 2 - 2012

street society 2012: Ballykinler school

 

Phase 3 - October 2013

street society 2012: Ballykinler school



street society 2012: Ballykinler schoolModel of school, with paly area and the Army barracks close by.

Phase 4 - 2014

street society 2012: Ballykinler school


 

Phase 5 - 2015
street society 2012: Ballykinler school

street society 2012: Ballykinler schoolPresentation meeting.

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