Playhouse receives William Keown Trust Access Award

Posted on: 19th January 2011

The Playhouse Theatre has been given a unique charity award for the disability access offered by its newly refurbished building.

The William Keown Trust Access Awards recognised the Playhouse and their architect's commitment to making its new building accessible for everyone in the community.

Playhouse Artistic director Pauline Ross and general manager Niall McCaughan accepted the award at the recent Annual Access Awards ceremony held in the Silverbirch Hotel in Omagh.

The awards are held on an annual basis provide public recognition for those organisations that have worked to make their buildings accessible for people with disabilities and the elderly.

"The Playhouse Theatre and Arts Centre is a unique example of how a historic building can be brought into the 21st century without losing any of its character and integrity" a spokesperson for the Trust said.

"In the study of this year's nominations and in their site inspections the Trust sought to find architectural innovation and foresight which goes beyond the building control standards. To merit consideration for the William Keown Trust Access Awards the overall architectural design of the building must exceed the required building standards."

Niall McCaughan, general manager at The Playhouse said "We are just so pleased that in the short space of time that the brand new building has been open we have already won several architectural awards.

"One of the most important things motivating us when we were at the design stage of the new Playhouse was making sure that our motto of ‘Arts For All' held true, especially for those with disabilities and the elderly. We have a responsibility to remove the physical barriers which limit people with disabilities from participating fully in the life of their community."


William Keown access awards

Niall McCaughan from The Playhouse Theatre, Trevor Taylor FRCS - Trust Deputy President, and Pauline Ross from The Playhouse Theatre

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