As part of the on-going upgrades to the Peace Centre, the Tim Parry Johnathan Ball Foundation for Peace has recently renovated and reopened the HOPE dining room. 

The upgrade of the room has been a rapid and challenging project managed by the centre’s manager, Karen McManus.  The design is by Colette Tritschler, who has volunteered her time and expertise in-between caring for her growing family.  Colette and Karen led a consultation and research exercise to find the most contemporary designs, select materials and implement the changes, whilst the catering facility continued to operate.

The renovations were led by our building maintenance handyman, Mike O’Hara, who put in a huge amount of hours alongside Colette and other volunteers, such as her father, and the results were revealed at a dinner on Tuesday 24th March.  Mike was also the ideas man behind the name HOPE, which is inspiring and fits in perfectly with the building.

The project would not have been possible without the support of household brand name DULUX who donated the paint. Our thanks to Keith Rowland the area manager for Dulux Akzo Nobel, who kindly coordinated this. Anybody who would like to get involved with the Foundation in a similar way should contact our team. 

The centre piece is a stunning signage installation with counter facias upgraded with new colourings, a whole new paint design and exceptional fixtures and fittings bringing about a new contemporary feel.  A brand new floor has transformed the previous ‘refectory’ feel and amazing black and white photos, demonstrating our work, are mounted throughout.  The small touches are evident as part of the HOPE experience and the final piece of the jigsaw is to now install new furnishings.