by DAVID CONVERY
John Reid - Lisburn
Reformed Presbyterian Church, Trevor Taylor
- Trust Deputy President, Joe Watson -
Architect and CIIr James Tinsley - Mayor of
Lisburn City Council
LISBURN Reformed Presbyterian Church has won
an award for the design of its improved access for people with
The William Keown Trust Access Award was
granted in recognition of the church's "external and internal
provisions for people with disability and those with advancing
A total of fourteen awards were given to
various building projects across the province, but Lisburn
Reformed Presbyterian was the only church to be recognised for
making a more inclusive environment for disabled people.
Architect Joe Watson, along with John Reid
representing the church's members and Councilor James Tinsley,
Mayor of Lisburn were on hand to accept the award from Trevor
President of the William Keown Trust. Councillor
Tinsley said: "This award is a credit to the church. It is
important not to ignore the more vulnerable members of the
"The William Keown Trust leads by example -
gone are the days when we could neglect the needs of people with
The newly refurbished church has a ramp with
handrails on both sides leading to the main entrance, and all
doors are of suitable width for a wheelchair to pass through.
All floors are carpeted and the sanctuary has pews and movable
chairs. Further plans are in place to have the car park surfaced
and suitably marked out.
The aim of the William Keown Trust is to
reward innovation and foresight to make building design more
amenable for the one in five members of the population who have
Lisburn Reformed Presbyterian Church has been
singled out for particular praise for its work.
A spokesperson for the Trust said: "The small
congregation is to be commended for going the second mile in the
provision of user friendly facilities which welcomes everyone
irrespective of circumstance."
For more information on the work of the William Keown Trust,
visit their website at
www.wkeowntrust.co.uk or call 028 4375 1243.