A committed team effort produces an Inspirational building that celebrates the life and literature of poet, Seamus Heaney…
Seamus Heaney HomePlace, a new arts and literary centre celebrating the life and literature of the poet and Nobel Laureate, has opened in Bellaghy to great acclaim.
The village of Bellaghy is where Seamus Heaney was born, raised, and where he drew much of the inspiration for his poetry. It is also his final resting place.
The work carried out by main contractor, Brendan Loughran & Sons Ltd, is a fitting tribute to the Nobel Laurete.
The £4.25million project was developed by Mid Ulster District Council, with part-funding from the former Department for Culture, Arts and Leisure, and the 2,000sqm building is now home to a permanent exhibition, interpreting Seamus Heaney’s work through his connections with people and places.
Purpose-built on the site of a former RUC police station, HomePlace is the result of a collaborative approach, led by the team from Brendan Loughran & Sons.
The facility was designed by W&M Given Architects, with the exhibition designed by Tandem Design and installed by Marcon Fit-Out’s specialist heritage/museum team completing the new exhibition.
The building design is intended to combine modern architecture with a nod to the site’s historical past, and includes an elevated viewing platform with views across the surrounding countryside – allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in the landscape which Seamus Heaney wrote about so often.
The core feature is a permanent exhibition about the life and literature of Seamus Heaney, arranged over two floors and filled with personal stories and artefacts, dozens of family photographs, video recordings from friends, neighbours, world leaders, cultural figures, and even the voice of the poet himself reading his own words