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2nd September 2012
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St. Columb’s Park House

Woodvale Construction has been awarded the NEC3 Engineering & Construction Contract for the restoration and extension of the Grade B1 listed St Columb’s Park House in L’Derry.

Although Woodvale Construction will be undertaking major works to the building, the authentic nature of St Columb’s Park House will be retained.

The programme of works will include for internal refurbishment and alteration works; the restoration of windows, doors and flooring; the renewal of mechanical and electrical services; new kitchen facilities; a restaurant extension; the incorporation of a DDA compliant lift and extensive site works.

St. Columb’s Park House was built pre 1835 and is a manor house set within its own grounds, comprising five acres of woodland and gardens, including a wildlife area, a walled organic vegetable garden, and a formal garden created as part of the BBC programme ‘Charlie’s Garden Army’ presented by Charlie Dimmock.

It is a very quiet and peaceful location, yet near to the city centre.

The centre and grounds are in turn situated within St Columb’s Park – sixty acres of woodland and riverside walks, ideal for nature trails and other outdoor activities.

St. Columb’s Park and the associated play areas will remain open throughout the duration of the project, and Woodvale Construction has planned and programmed its works to minimise any disruption to the many runners, joggers, walkers, cyclists and wheelchair users who use this spectacular park on a daily basis.

Stakeholder consultation and liaison will be critical to the success of the project, and a key part of our strategy will be to inform the surrounding neighbours, community and those who use St. Columb’s Park of our proposed activities.

The project will be registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme.

Brian Kelly will be Woodvale’s dedicated Site Manager and will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the site activities. Brian has a wealth of experience in the conservation and restoration of historic and listed buildings, and was the Site Manager on the restoration of the Grade A listed St. Columb’s Cathedral in L’Derry, which won the 2011 Construction Excellence Award.