Sean Dolan’s GAC is starting the new year in style with the completion of their brand new club facilities. The new sports hall, club house and community facility has been developed by Radius Housing as part of a wider community regeneration project, which includes the construction of 119 new homes beside the club.
The work to develop the new multi use community facility was undertaken by P & K McKaigue on behalf of Radius, while work continues on the new homes adjacent to the club facilities. The project has been supported by Ulster GAA and Derry City & Strabane District Council. Radius also worked with Northern Ireland Housing Executive and the Department for Communities, to ensure that the project can realise the wide ranging economic and social benefits for the local community and wider area.
The new facilities area an extinction of the clubhouse pavilion, with a new indoor arena with 3G sports surface. They also include a multi-purpose room for the sports club and community: training space, gym room and meeting rooms, as well as space for dance classes and social events.
Radius Housing is a leading housing developer, constructing more than 400 new social and affordable homes each year. Radius also manages more than 13,000 social homes, and provides care and support for many more across Northern Ireland. The 119 new homes at Sean Dolan’s will be known as Creevagh Heights, with the first new homes expected to be completed in the spring.
Speaking as the new facilities were handed over to Sean Dolan’s, Andrew Lennon from Radius Housing, said: “We are delighted to see the new facilities for Sean Dolan’s and the wider community finished and handed over to the club. At Radius we know that the success of new housing developments is built on how they integrate with the local community, and we have been excited by this project as it centred around enhancing the local community alongside the new homes. This is the first element of a really ambitious project in partnership with the GAA and Derry City and Strabane District Council, and we are looking forward to welcoming the first new tenants to Creevagh Heights in the coming months.”
Marcus McCrystal, Chair of Sean Dolans GAC, added “We are delighted that the new sports and community facilities are completed, and that the community can begin to make use of this amazing space. Having these facilities means that we can raise the ambition we have for the club, both on and off the field. We are grateful to Derry City & Strabance Council, NIHE, the Department for Communities and the GAA for their support, and most of all to Radius and their contractor, P & K McKaugue, who have made this happen. Radius do not see obstacles, they find solutions, and they have played a huge role in supporting this club and the wider community.”