BALLYWALTER PARK MANSION, CO. DOWN

Value: N/A

Client: The Lord Dunleath

Alastair Coey Architects have worked at Grade A listed Ballywalter Park since 1982 carrying out a phased restoration of the Mansion extending to date to twenty-four phases. Most of the phased work has been carried out in accordance with the recommendations contained within a detailed condition report which we prepared in 1997. Work has included restoration of the exterior - re-slating, replacement of lead flats, replacement of external render and overhaul of sash windows. On the interior, the original hot air heating system was refurbished and each principal room was restored, including the elaborate gilded ceiling of the ballroom. The top floor has been completely remodelled to provide seven bedrooms each with its own bathroom. All new services involved with this work were concealed within the existing fabric of the building.

During 2009-10 the practice was involved in the preparation of a fire management plan for the mansion. Following this, in 2010, we oversaw the installation of a computer monitored air aspiration fire management system which allows the Mansion to be used for corporate entertainment and overnight guest accommodation, avoiding the need for compartmentation. LED emergency lighting was introduced and existing high quality wax-polished hardwood panelled doors were upgraded through introduction of concealed closers, intumescent smoke seals and surface coatings, all without comprising the historic integrity of the grade A listed building.