Guildhall wins top award

Mayor Martin Reilly with members of Derry City Council and contractors involved in the recent Guildhall restoration project, winners of two Construction Excellence Awards. Included, from left, areJohn Savage and Patrick Donaghy (Consarc - project architects), Chris Fletcher (H&J Martin), Frank Morrison, City Engineers Dept, Derry City Council, and, from right, Doireann McGowan (H&J Martin), William McKirgan (H&J Martin, and John Kelpie, City Engineers Dept, Derry City Council. (1310MM16)

Mayor Martin Reilly with members of Derry City Council and contractors involved in the recent Guildhall restoration project, winners of two Construction Excellence Awards. Included, from left, areJohn Savage and Patrick Donaghy (Consarc - project architects), Chris Fletcher (H&J Martin), Frank Morrison, City Engineers Dept, Derry City Council, and, from right, Doireann McGowan (H&J Martin), William McKirgan (H&J Martin, and John Kelpie, City Engineers Dept, Derry City Council. (1310MM16)

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Derry’s landmark Guildhall has won a prestigious award for the extensive restoration work carried out on the building.

The Guildhall picked up the prize for best restoration project at the Construction Excellence Awards this week and was also named as the overall winner at the awards ceremony.

The Mayor of Derry, councillor Martin Reilly, said the award was a recognition of the huge amount of work carried out on the building and congratulated everyone involved.

“The huge task which was completed on time and within budget is testament to all partners involved in delivering this complex project, Derry City Council, contractors H&J Martin, their specialist sub-contractors and the design team lead by Consarc Design Group. The results of the external and internal restructure are truly remarkable. Not only do we have building that has been restored to its original fabric with contractors sourcing local and specialist companies to painstakingly refurbish original features such as the stonework and stainedglass windows, we now have a building which has already experienced record numbers of international visitors and high profile events such as the Fleadh since it reopened its doors in June this year for the city’s 2013 City of Culture celebrations.”

Billy Martin, Chairman of contractors H&J Martin, who carried out the restoration work, said; “This year we were delighted to submit the Guildhall restoration project as one of the most exceptional projects that we have been involved in. In terms of meeting the eligibility of the criteria for entry, we believe the judges were very impressed and marked us highly in areas such as retention of original fabric, use of appropriate materials and traditional building methods, and the fact that it was completed to an exceptional standard with consideration of the end user at all stages.”