The Barretstown is a non-profit camp for children with serious illnesses located in County Kildare, Ireland. The project brief was to renovate an existing amphitheatre space bringing a sense of serious fun and enjoyment to the users.

NWA looked at providing a design that would improve access, make the space come alive with a colourful selection of materials for its multi-functional use. Together with Mace, Cundall, Facebook and all the trades working on the Facebook Data Centre in Clonee we proposed to cover the existing area of the Eithne and Paddy Fitzpatrick outdoor theatre to allow the space to be used comfortably throughout the year.

Barretstown Children’s Charity offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with serious illness. The site first opened in 1994 and has brought enchantment to over 50,000 campers. Barretstown is supported by donations and the fundraising efforts of corporate supporters, individuals and community groups.  (more info at