MOUNT PROSPECT, DUNGIVEN

Value: £170,000

Client: Private

Mount Prospect is a fine example of an eighteenth century vernacular hill farm situated one mile from Banagher Glen National Nature Reserve. In 1999 the practice undertook a careful re-modelling of the existing range of outbuildings to provide fi ve-star tourist accommodation in the form of three self-catering holiday cottages, now named Magheramore Courtyard.

The project presented many structural challenges. Walls had spread as a result of failing roof structures and the ground-bearing for rubble stone walls necessitated a system of foundation underpinning and stabilization at the wall head by incorporating a steel reinforced ring beam.

Provision of disabled access was carefully planned and brought up to modern living standards whilst maintaining the integrity and character of the buildings with minimal intervention. Traditional materials were used throughout including lime mortars to consolidate the rubble walls, lime based roughcast renders and lime wash finish and natural slated roofslopes. All softwood came from renewable sources. The project was completed in October 2000 at a cost of approximately £170,000, and received grant assisted from the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and Environment and Heritage Service.