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Kriterion Conservation Architects Restore Historic Market House to Breathe New Life into Community and Tourist Hub

Portaferry Market House Exterior
Kriterion Conservation Architects were behind the development of Portaferry Market House, which is celebrating its first six months of renewed use in the historic town of Portaferry, Co Down.

The historic Grade B1 listed building was the subject of an impressive £350,000 redevelopment as part of Portaferry Townscape Heritage Initiative - a £1.28m heritage-led scheme to regenerate buildings within the historic town.

Kriterion undertook an assessment to record original features and general condition, liaising with timber and damp-proof specialists to determine overall condition and outline appropriate and sensitive remedial measures.

Using our experience in working with historic buildings, we sensitively improved thermal performance with specifying a breathable dry lining system and improved acoustic performance, structural and fire performance of the first floor.

The design of the refurbished building provides accessible WCs to ground and first floor as well as office accommodation and enhanced building services including heating, detection and alarm systems, data and integrated technology systems.

Dating from the mid-18th century, the Market House is the earliest surviving public building in Portaferry and was laid out in a typical Irish market house with an arcaded open-plan ground floor and open plan hall/courthouse to the first floor.

The refurbishment works have enhanced the building’s historical and architectural features while creating a more usable space for the community. Improvements to accessibility, building safety and performance have also been made to the building.

It is anticipated that the project will provide many long-term benefits to the town by encouraging other tourism development, kick-starting renovations of private property, creating employment opportunities and encouraging other tourism development.