Enniskillen Heritage Gateway Project scoops top award

Published: 30th May 2017


Enniskillen Castle Heritage Gateway redevelopment project has scooped the Tourism and Hospitality Project of the Year 2017 award at the Irish Construction Industry awards. The award, presented to Kriterion Conservation Architects at a gala ceremony on Tuesday 9 May 2017 at the Clayton Hotel, Dublin, recognises excellence in the construction of a tourism and hospitality building.

The Enniskillen Castle Heritage Gateway project, delivered for Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, beat off stiff competition from the Waterfront Hall, Belfast to take top honours. Speaking after the event Paul Millar, Partner at Kriterion Conservation Architects said “We are delighted to win this prestigious award which acknowledges the sterling work done on this historic landmark project. It was a challenging development, but we are truly proud of the result.”

The £3.5 million Enniskillen Castle Heritage Gateway redevelopment project which was completed in August 2016, opened up the whole of the Enniskillen Castle complex enabling more museum collections of local, national and international significance to be viewed and enjoyed by visitors. The project witnessed the restoration, refurbishment and rebuilding of a number of historic buildings, combining museum, tourism and genealogy resources. It created a state of the art visitor centre, which incorporates tourist information, a genealogy service and a history and heritage gateway serving the local area and beyond.

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Director of Community, Health and Leisure, Robert Gibson said, “This is a well-deserved accolade for Kriterion Conservation Architects and on behalf of the Council, I would like to offer my congratulations to Paul and the team on winning such a prestigious award. They fully embraced the brief and delivered a redevelopment which was sympathetic not only to the past and the history of the buildings but which was also commensurate with the needs of a 21st century tourism facility”.

Paul Mullan, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund NI, one of the funders of the development added their congratulations “We were delighted to hear about this well-deserved award for the Enniskillen Castle Heritage Gateway project and Kriterion Conservation Architects. This was an exciting project on a challenging site which required all the skills of a good conservation team to ensure that the new building complemented the existing heritage buildings on the site. Well done to everyone involved and National Lottery players can also take a bow as they helped make it all possible through the good causes funding”.

John McGrillen, Chief Executive Tourism Northern Ireland commented “Tourism NI has been closely involved with the Enniskillen Castle refurbishment programme and I am delighted that we were able to contribute funding support to this important project. The consistency and authenticity of the design alongside the enhanced facilities and unique visitor services have strengthened the visitor offering in Enniskillen and I congratulate the team on this well-deserved award.”

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