Location: Enniskillen, County Fermanagh
This grade A listed mansion house has been described as one of the finest Georgian houses in the country. Built in the mid-18th century it is the great house of the Cole family and is now owned by the National Trust. Its Laundry Yard, originally housed male staff, but was now little used and in a rundown condition. The National Trust wished to see the wing brought back into use as a holiday destination. In addition, some existing domestic accommodation within the main house and south wing were to be re-ordered.
The Practice was commissioned to provide a full survey and architectural service assessing the condition of the building fabric and preparing designs to provide modern living while respecting an interior which had been unchanged for a century. Our work was discrete, conservation led and finished to a very high standard. Exacting standards of control were exercised in every aspect of the project. The work included the careful conservation of an original Florence Court clay tile floor and chinoiserie stair balustrading. Original lime plasters were analysed and matched and specialist consolidants used to ensure minimal intervention. The work included the introduction of green technologies such as solar heating and wood chip boiler systems. The Practice worked with a number of specialists in this project.
Congratulations on the conservation award. It is a real tribute to you and your sensitive, careful, thoughtful and creative approach.
The completed project won the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Northern Ireland Building Conservation Award for 2011.
The Judges noted the extensive research employed to establish specifications and the commendable use of space to accommodate necessary alterations and the seamless introduction of mechanical and electrical services. The judging panel considered the project displayed a strong and impressive commitment to the principles of real conservation.