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Innovation Reaps Rewards!

The Trust’s Annual Prestige Access Awards were recently held at the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh.

The Trust’s Chairman, Mr Philip Beattie, on behalf of the Trust’s Directors extended a warm welcome to recipients and friends with a special welcome for Mr Norman Hutchinson, Past President of the Royal Society of Ulster Architects, who he said, would later present the Certificates and also give the key note speech.

Mr Keown, Chief Executive to the Trust said that the The Trust’s Access and Education Committee were pleased with the standard of accessibility in twenty, out of the twenty-two sites, which they had visited and recommended that four sites, namely, the GAA’s Education & Training Centre at Garvaghy, County Tyrone, Kingspan Stadium at Belfast, Kilkeel Library and Omagh Fire Station, should be accorded as exemplary in access provision.

Mr Norman Hutchinson later gave an excellent address in which he said that he was very happy to be identified with presenting the Awards, on merit, to property owners, architects and builders. Mr Hutchinson went on to say that the Trust can give independent advice on projects from the early stages right through to completion, it has an information bank of knowledge which can be called upon to get the best possible solution on any project and he was happy to recommend architects and contractors to follow this through.

Ms Olive Fulton, Director and Treasurer to the Trust, proposed a complementary vote of thanks, after which all present were invited to remain for the hospitality provided by the Siliverbirch Hotel.

At the same time as The William Keown Trust’s Prestige Access Awards were being presented the disability organisation, ‘DisabledGo’ which has its headquarters in England, issued a press release regarding the lack of accessibility to shops and department stores, thus preventing over twelve thousand people with disabilities and their families from spending over two million pounds at this Christmas time. This is in spite of the fact that the ‘1995 Disability Act’ was to give greater equality to people with disabilities and their families.

Such is the scale of the problem both here in the Province and also on mainland Britain, and is the reason why The William Keown Trust continues its pioneering work of highlighting the inclusivity for everyone in order that they may be a contributing part of society whether by choice or necessity.

The twenty properties which received awards were as follows:

  • Connor Presbyterian Church Halls (Ballymena)
  • Ballydown Presbyterian Church (near Banbridge)
  • Hemsworth Court (Supported Housing for People with Demential in Belfast)
  • Mary Peters Track (Belfast)
  • St Mary’s Catholic Church (Chapel, Lane, Belfast)
  • Kingspan Stadium (Ravenhill Park)
  • Spar Shandon Park (Knock Road, Belfast)
  • Burnavon Arts & Cultural Centre (Cookstown)
  • Supervalu (Cookstown)
  • Cookstown Leisure Centre (Health & Fitness Suite)
  • Lurgan Veterinary Clinic
  • YMCA (Lurgan)
  • Ardarragh Resource Centre (Downpatrick)
  • Newell Stores (Coalisland)
  • Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre (Dungannon)
  • Tyrone GAA’s Centre of Education & Training (Garvaghey)
  • Eurospar (Dromara)
  • Kilkeel Library
  • Omagh Baptist Church
  • Omagh Fire Station

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