The IABA’s adaptation and extension of this electrical substation building received grant assistance from Belfast City Council and Sport NI.
Substantial repairs and alterations were required on the detached derelict, single storey brick building before it could be used as a safe, functional club that would encourage the youth of the area to take ownership and transform it into a communal hub.
A simple and logical new layout was devised, with changing facilities off the main gym space. Colour was used on the floor to define circulation space, bag areas and free weights zones.
A new extension forms a link to an adjoining row of terrace houses, knitting the new gym into the urban fabric of the community.
A large glazed screen spans the width of the extension, protected by perforated aluminium sheets, but allowing natural light through to the gym interior. Through collaboration with Graepel Perforations & Weavers, holes punched in the aluminium panels create a mural of world champion boxer Michael Conlan, who began his career at Clonard ABC.