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Construction of a magnificent 8 bedroom stately home on a private estate in Co. Down. The client's remit was to build a new house in a traditional style in keeping with the surroundings.

The result is a 12,000ft² stately home which nestles into the surrounding countryside. Traditional features include natural slate roofing with lead detailed ridges and cappings plus timber sash windows incorporating box shutters. Skilled craftsmen created many high quality features including the magnificent staircase in the grand entrance hall and the French polished mahogany panelling in the library.

Project Team

Client Private Client
Architect Maxwell Pierce
Surveyor Stevenson Munn Ltd.
Mechanical & Electrical Vaughan Engineering

Project Value

project value - £3.5M

The gentleman’s residence was constructed on the site of a pre-1834 house which was demolished following extensive fire damage. Set in a mature demesne in Donaghadee, Co Down the works included the demolition of the existing house and out buildings and the construction of a substantial eight bedroom dwelling of traditional construction with block work walling and precast concrete floors. Stonework dressings and lime render was applied to external facades.

The low carbon design utilised ground source heat pumps served by 150m deep boreholes which were sunk in order to locate a sustainable flow of water at 5l/s. The boreholes fed ground source heat pumps as well as providing hot water for heating and domestic use. Whole house heat recovery ventilation and a 15Kw wind turbine were also included. A Lutron Intelligent Lighting Control and scene setting system and an audio visual system were also installed.

Gilbert-Ash completed all of the high quality internal finishes, and a new garage block, office building and game shooting facilities were also rebuilt. Designated as a Historic Park, Garden and Demesne by the Department of Environment, the quality and character of the land was protected and improved with extensive hard and soft landscaping of the driveway, paths, terracing, lawns, woods, walled & ornamental gardens and the areas around the serpentine lake

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