Location: County Antrim

The McCartney, Bell and Glover vernacular houses form an 18th century linear clachan and farm complex in County Antrim.  The houses are graduating from a four-bay lobby entry to a single bay direct entry, two of which remain as thatch under tin.  All are listed and all are at risk.  The site is an outstanding example of the development of the Ulster farm from the late 18th century (and perhaps earlier) to the end of the 20th century.

The Practice undertook a conservation condition report on all three houses and their farm buildings to determine their condition and then suggest repairs and how the houses could sympathetically be restored to modern living.  We worked hand in hand with the potential owner to identify risk items and how the work might be phased and costed to allow the site to develop to suit his needs.

Our Client said:

Chris and the team produced a comprehensive, highly detailed report … including recommendations for “emergency works” and works that could be held off into manageable phases.  After completing the report, he set aside time and provided me with further clarification on a number of points which the report had raised.

In short, his helpful manner and quiet enthusiasm gave me the confidence that if I proceeded with the sale, then I knew exactly what I was buying and the scale of the work involved. 

I would have no hesitation in recommending McCollum Conservation to anyone wanting to get a historic building checked out.