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Cookstown Based Tourist Attraction Shortlisted For Prestigious Architectural Award

OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory in County Tyrone has been announced as a finalist in the Public Choice 2020 category at the prestigious RIAI Architectural Awards and needs your vote to progress to the final round.

Celebrating excellence in design and contribution to wider society for everyone’s benefit, the Awards are now open to members of the public to choose their favourite project ahead of the closing date on Friday 3rd July.

The Observatory is the first of its kind in Northern Ireland and will give visitors the unique opportunity to see crystal clear views of star constellations with little light pollution, combining the latest technology with experiential activities to enable guests to explore our solar system and beyond.

Due to open in late autumn, the project was commissioned by the Mid Ulster District Council, designed and engineered by local Architects Arcen; Jason Arthur Architectural Director and Johnston Bell Structural Director.

The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Cathal Mallaghan, is encouraging local people to cast a vote:

While we had to postpone the opening of OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory which means the internal exhibition is yet to be experienced by visitors, the building itself continues to attract a lot of interest from people enjoying Davagh Forest.
Many comment on how the structure blends naturally into the landscape and that’s testament to skilful design in a protected environment which is why the building is now being shortlisted for this award.
I’d encourage local people to take a few minutes to cast a vote and put our latest innovative tourism attraction on the architectural map.

 Jason Arthur, Architectural Director, ARCEN, also said:

“Being shortlisted for the Public Choice RIAI Architectural Awards is a testament to our creative and imaginative Architects and Engineers, who are committed to designing striking and innovative buildings that are socially, economically and environmentally responsible.

“OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory was designed to reflect the irregular nature of its surroundings, which is a rich landscape of substantial archaeological and cultural significance, including Beaghmore Stone Circles.

“Its rich history spans millennia and the building is intended to be sympathetic to this in both its form and material selection. The timber facade will soften over time and the grey timber will be a subtle architectural marker in the landscape, helping it act as a gateway to recreation within Davagh Forest.”

To vote for OM Dark Sky Park and Observatory as the RIAI 2020 Public Choice winner, please visit and select Davagh Forest Observatory, ARCEN Architects, This gets my vote.

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