The Market Place

Armagh, Northern Ireland

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In direct contrast to GHA’s simple glazed form for its Courtyard complex at Hereford, the practice’s arts centre in Armagh is made up of five terraces of introverted stone volumes in the manner of a medieval town that negotiates the steeply sloping townscape between the ancient St Patrick’s Cathedral and Armagh’s main public square.


The bespoke cast stone envelope emulates the local limestone and provides acoustic separation and thermal mass with the gallery spaces top lit.

Facade detail
Facade detail

A richly modelled foyer rises up through the site becoming more intimate as it rises while the fly-tower is at a lower level to avoid intruding on views of the cathedral.

Pre-cast panel
Location plan


Civic Trust Awards 2001
Vision Award

Concrete Society Awards 2001
Overall Winner

Leisure Property Awards 2000
Best Regional Scheme
RIBA Awards 2000
Regional Award

British Construction Industry Awards 2000
High Commendation
Popli Khalatbari Awards 2000
Millennium Building of the Year Award

William Keown Trust 2000
Prestige Access Award
Elevation in context