North West Learning Disability Centre

The Derry/L’Derry  based charity Destined provides education, training and employment, as well as social and recreational activities for the learning disabled community. The new North West Learning Disability Centre is located at the Foyle Valley Railway Museum site on Foyle Road (beside the former centre).

The Learning Disability Centre is one of three flagship Big Lottery’s Space and Place funded projects across Northern Ireland.

This project encompassed the construction of a new build two-storey steel framed community building (Destined) of 630 m² located adjacent to the River Foyle walkway and Foyle Railway Museum which remained fully operational throughout.

The building’s external finishes were a combination of metal cladding, cavity construction brick and block work, powder coated aluminium windows, low pitch composite metal roof cladding,  hard and soft landscaping with metal fencing.

Internal finishes consisted of painted plaster wall fabric, fair faced block work, with suspended ceilings, vinyl and carpet floor finishes.

Structural steel frame was supported on piled foundations & ground beams with precast concrete ground floor construction. Upper floors here proprietary composite metal deck formwork with structural concrete topping, & staircases were precast concrete. Mechanical & electrical services included LPHW heating system, localised mechanical ventilation, power, lighting, PA system & kitchen facilities.


The facility served as a learning disability centre comprising the following:

  • Two-storey steel framed construction
  • Precast concrete floor slabs to ground floor
  • In situ cast floor at first-floor
  • Café area
  • Kitchen area
  • Crèche
  • Multifunction room & offices
Key Project Information
Architect WDR & RT Taggart
Value £1.9 m
Duration 9 months
Extra Information
Location Derry / L'Derry
Sectors Community
When we were doing the contract with Woodvale, we put in about the Social Employment clauses for people
in the ‘hard to reach’ category and Woodvale have been very proactive about it
Dermot O’Hara, Director at Destined