The newly formed Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation has announced that Belfast Firm McAdam Design have been commissioned to design and oversee the construction of the EU PEACE III Programme funded Peace-building and Conflict Resolution Centre.
As part of their proposal McAdam have engaged Studio Daniel Libeskind as a design champion for the education and research centre. In 2003, Daniel Libeskind was awarded the role of masterplanner for the Ground Zero site in New York, and has designed renowned educational facilities such as the Jewish Museum Berlin and the Imperial War Museum Manchester.
Development Corporation Chairman, Terence Brannigan commented: “This is a very exciting appointment. I’m delighted that a local company will benefit from this project and we are delighted that McAdam Design has developed this relationship with Studio Daniel Libeskind. McAdam Design recognise that Daniel Libeskind’s involvement will bring neutral and objective thinking to a project that people here are often too close to. The Design Team have already met and listened to many stakeholders on their views and expectations of the new build, and will continue to do so throughout the duration of the project.
“This is exactly the type of partnership we want to encourage with other projects on the site. It is hoped that Daniel Liebeskind involvement will be significant in elevating the building to an international status.”
John Findlay, McAdam Design, expressed the significance of the international partnership:
“I can say that McAdam Design was really pleased to be appointed as Lead Consultant in the design and delivery of the Peace-building & Conflict Resolution Centre at MLK. We recognised that if we were to meet the aims of the project to provide a ‘shared facility’ for all our communities and also one of ‘international renown’ then we would require a designer with gravitas. We were delighted when Daniel Libeskind agreed to partner with us on this exciting project. With Daniel’s experience within the field of conflict resolution, and as one of the world’s leading architects, he will give this building the wow factor that will make it of international significance.”
Commenting on the importance of the project Pat Colgan, Chief Executive of the Special EU Programmes Body, which manages the PEACE III Programme, said:
“Upon its completion, the centre will act as a visible symbol of a mature society successfully emerging from decades of conflict. It will create an internationally renowned facility that will allow us to share our collective experience of peace-building with a global audience. In doing so, I believe the centre will have a positive influence on the efforts of many different agencies and individuals who are engaged in conflict resolution work across Europe and beyond. The involvement of Studio Daniel Libeskind in the project will also help to raise its profile further and enhance the design potential of the centre itself.”
Notes to Editors:
The PbCRC will provide a shared space to support the work of peace building organisations and agencies in the region. It will provide a focus for their activities both locally and internationally and place the region at the forefront of peace-building work throughout the world.The PEACE III Programme, funded under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), is worth €333 million and is aimed primarily at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society and promoting reconciliation. It focuses on helping Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland to reconcile communities and contribute towards a shared society.
The Maze Long Kesh Development Corporation will be responsible for securing the regeneration of the 347 acre former airfield and prison site. The Regional Development Strategy identifies the opportunity for a major physical, economic and social development package of regional significance. Momentum is already building with the completion of demolition and remediation, the securing of funding for the Peace building and Conflict Resolution Centre which will be complete in 2015 and agreement reached with the Royal Ulster Agricultural Society to hold their annual Balmoral Show on the site in May 2013.
For further information please contact Fiona Kane on 07969 199551 or Christine Armstrong on 07712 880895.