Gorfin Street, Belfast, County Antrim
The new home for Clonard Amateur Boxing is a 75 year old detached electrical substation building completed as part of a boxing infrastructure framework for Sport NI. This project was completed within a tight budget of £218,500.00. The clients received a building that was secure, yet welcoming; a place which would encourage users to take ownership of the building, transforming it into a hub for sport and community as opposed to a hive for antisocial behaviour. Natural light was provided by the introduction of a large, glazed screen which spans the width of the new extension protected by a perforated aluminium façade. The use of imagery on the metal façade pays homage to the street art and murals which can be found close to the site and honours the local boxer and Olympic champion Michael Conlon.