Skip to main content
View of the double-height entrance canopy

The double-height entrance canopy reinforces the civic scale

Canopy detail

Canopy detail

View of the 120-seat main auditorium clad in American Oak

The 120-seat main auditorium clad in American Oak

Light wells are integrated on the top floor

Light wells bathe the building in light

Finishes to the pre-fabricated panels used to form the soffit of the foyer

Finishes to the pre-fabricated panels

Site plan


Concept sketch

Concept sketch

Concept sketch

Concept sketch

Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre

A winning entry in an international competition, our focus for The Market Place was on respecting the context and architectural language of the centre of Armagh.

The arts centre, which replaced a cinema destroyed by a bomb during the Troubles, 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 the city’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. 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.

Client Armagh City & District Council
Location Armagh, Northern Ireland
Size 4,020 sq m
Status Completed 2000
Awards Civic Trust Award 2001, Concrete Society Award 2001, RIBA Regional Award 2000, BCIA Award 2000, William Keown Trust Award 2000, Popli Khalatbari Award 2000