The Northern Counties Club building sits within the Historic City Conservation Area of Derry-Londonderry, and is a key icon building in that area. It was left vacant from 2006, and had sunk into a state of dereliction which led to its placement on the Buildings at Risk Register Northern Ireland.
This project conserved, refurbished and extended the building into a four-star boutique hotel, now known as the Bishop's Gate Hotel.
The development of this new hotel involved a number of different strands of work, including:
- The demolition of an existing non-original extension
- Implementing like-for like repairs, as well as measures to prevent further decay of original features
- Providing heritage skills training for those working on the project
The finished hotel will give a boost to the local economy, and will provide services such as a bar and restaurant where previously these had not existed. The work on the building also provided training opportunities and work experience placements for the local community.
For more information, please visit the Bishop's Gate Hotel website.