Alongside four larger contruction companies, all involved in significant town hall and civic centre projects across Northern Ireland, we were delighted that John McAleenan and Co, the builders entrusted with last year’s extensive restoration of Tullymurry House, were also shortlisted for Northern Ireland’s CEF Contruction Employers Federation’s “Best Restoration’ excellence award 2013. Tullymurry was the only residential property to reach the final.
Winners were H & J Martin for their involvement in the prestigious Derry Guildhall phase 2 project. The Guildhall is a key arrival and welcome hub – indeed, centre piece – to Derry, 2013 European City of Culture. So we were in very elevated company and exceptionally pleased to have been singled out for the final.
The CEF jurors were particularly attracted to the fine detail and original methods of construction employed at Tullymurry to ensure that none of the unique character nor atmosphere of the beautiful old dwelling house were lost during the successful restoration process.