Project at Rathvarna House

A group of local residents having a look around the work at Rathvarna House. US1515-522cd  Picture: Cliff Donaldson
A group of local residents having a look around the work at Rathvarna House. US1515-522cd Picture: Cliff Donaldson

Some local residents went to have a look at an old building at Pond Park which is currently under reconstruction on Monday.

They looked at the finishing touches of Rathvarna House, which was saved from demolition some years ago and is owned by the SEELB.

The local landmark building will be turned into a youth resource centre and saved from dereliction.

One lady commented how she remembered parties in the house when it was a private residence while others were pleased to see it being restored and cared for and many hoped this would prevent vandalism and antisocial behaviour.

Work, has been carried out by MFS a specialist in conservation works and is expected to cost approximately £500k. The project started in January and is expected to be completed in May.

The house is a Grade 2 listed building, and all work was carried out in consultation with NIEA.

Work includes completion of internal refurbishment, new floors, ceilings and walls while the conservation includes sliding sash windows, stained glass windows, staircase, plaster cornicing and other features.

The building is being fitted out to modern standards of energy efficiency, IT connectivity and safety and will be turned into a youth resource centre for SEELB.