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Davagh Observatory, Cookstown

A high-profile gateway for all recreation within the forest

Davagh Observatory, Cookstown.
Davagh Observatory, Cookstown. Credit: Aidan Monaghan

ARCEN for Mid Ulster District Council
Contract value: undisclosed 
GIA: 317m2

Davagh Forest boasts one of the ‘darkest skies’ in Ireland and the site, a small cleared valley, is the perfect environment for an observatory. The hub sits delicately; it is a lightweight construction with a prefabricated steel frame on a concrete plinth perched on piles with a perimeter timber deck walkway appearing to float above the fern beneath, reducing the risk of contamination of the ASSI. With its visitor centre it acts as a high-profile gateway for all recreation within the forest. As well as improving thermal performance the sedum roof provides habitat and food for wildlife and makes the building part of the undulating landscape.

  • Davagh Observatory, Cookstown.
    Davagh Observatory, Cookstown. Credit: Aidan Monaghan
  • Davagh Observatory, Cookstown.
    Davagh Observatory, Cookstown. Credit: Aidan Monaghan
  • Davagh Observatory, Cookstown.
    Davagh Observatory, Cookstown. Credit: Aidan Monaghan
  • Davagh Observatory, Cookstown.
    Davagh Observatory, Cookstown. Credit: Aidan Monaghan
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