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Killeavy Castle Restoration

Posted on 22/05/2019

Killeavy Castle is a Grade A listed building, designed in 1836 for the Foxall family to transform an early Georgian farmhouse. Described as a “sugar plum Gothick Castle” this is a very fine example of a pre-Victorian mock Tudoresque Castle. One of only a handful of Grade A listed buildings in Northern Ireland, by 2015 it was in such poor condition that access was not possible due to the risk of collapse. The Castle and its Estate was bought by Mick and Robin Boyle and after a four-year restoration project has recently opened as a boutique hotel with the Castle … Read more Killeavy Castle Restoration

Charles Sheils Alms Houses Restoration

Posted on 28/06/2018

Charles Sheils was a philanthropist who on his death in 1861 left a large sum to found a charity with the express wish “to rescue a few of the thousands of destitute persons scattered over almost all the towns and villages of Ireland, I propose building almshouses….” Over 130 houses were built in five locations across Ireland in the late 19th and very early 20th centuries. The Charity who bears his name continues to house those in need in today’s different conditions. In Co Down, thirty-one houses grouped in two traditional three sided quadrangles were falling into poor condition with vacant … Read more Charles Sheils Alms Houses Restoration

Scottish Provident Institution (Belfast), Repair

Posted on 17/09/2008

A grand city centre listed building, set on seven floors, dating from 1897 and part of a set piece (including the City Hall) forming Donegall Square.  The project manager responsible for the refurbishment of the building required building conservation, repair and design advice as part of the statutory approval and specification stages of the project. The Practice provided design and specific building conservation advice on the re-ordering of the building and on items of repair to the existing fabric.   This work included technical reports, detailed drawings and responding to the requirements of the Environment Agency as statutory approval stage … Read more Scottish Provident Institution (Belfast), Repair

Custom House Belfast Survey

Posted on 02/05/2007

The Custom House dates from 1857 and was built to the designs of Charles Lanyon.  It is a Grade A listed building and was described by Brett as “the finest public building in the city”.  Concerns about heavy structural cracking and loose masonry led to the facilities manager seeking expert advice. The practice undertook a detailed structural survey of the building, prepared a schedule of repair and an external stonework inspection.  This work was undertaken out of hours and employed high level access.  The report provided detailed conclusions allowing the facilities manager to prioritise some limited work over an acceptable … Read more Custom House Belfast Survey