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Design guide for social housing in rural Northern Ireland Considering the place: Rural Northern Ireland THE MOURNES & THE RING OF GULLION Some of our most special rural environments The great granite mass of Slieve Gullion and its It is important to emphasise that designers must recog- encircling hills form a nise and sympathetically respond to the subtleties of the particularly grand setting Northern Irish landscape, including its built characteris- for individual dwellings, tics, in the design process. housing clusters and the villages of South Armagh. The most significant features of some of the most valued In the Mournes, dry stone rural landscapes are summarised below:- walling appears draped across the surrounding slopes. ANTRIM COAST & GLENS THE ERNE LAKELANDS Small farmsteads, often The contrasting landscapes of the upper and lower with a “ladder” of fields loughs; the former a world of meandering waterways climbing from the valley through the drumlins, the latter a great expanse of inland floor far up the hillside. water bounded by high hills. Traditionally a high propor- Characterised by low 2 tion of hipped roof dwellings were found here. storey slated dwelling houses with “direct en- try” to the kitchen. SHORES OF LOUGH NEAGH & THE BANN VALLEY THE HILLS & MOUNTAINS OF MID-ULSTER Areas of peat bog, interspersed with dwellings and An area of quiet valley communities with a sense of se- farmland on the better drained land. Traditional cottages clusion, between the great rounded hills of the Sperrins. generally had lobby entrances. Along with western Derry and Donegal, the majority of cottages were “direct entry” with unique “bed-outshots”. THE ARDS PENINSULA & LECALE THE FLAT LANDS OF THE FOYLE BASIN The intimate rural landscapes This area of flat alluvial farmlands is very unusual in the of drumlins interspersed with Irish context, with its large arable farms and substantial wetlands along with the farm houses, under the shadow of the great escarpment partially drowned drumlins of of Binevenagh. Strangford Lough create one of the British Isles’ most distinct Binevenagh landscapes. Settlements tend to “hug” the coast in linear forms such as Cloughey, at the f l a t l a n d s Lough east of the Peninsula. Foyle 16 17
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