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Council hosts information sessions on ongoing Boom Hall Conservation Plan

13 February 2019

Derry City and Strabane District Council will host two public information sessions later this month to provide an update on the ongoing preparation of a conservation management plan for the Council-owned Boom Hall estate.  Following the appointment of a conservation architect led specialist consultant team back in Summer 2018, work has been progressing in relation to the production of an integrated conservation management plan for the historic estate incorporating both the historic buildings and their surrounding landscape. The consultants have undertaken a detailed assessment of the estate’s landscape and built heritage features, in particular a close quarter structural inspection of the Boom Hall House, Stable Block and Walled Garden masonry structures. 

Whilst the work is currently ongoing, the purpose of the public information session is to provide an update and overview on progress to date and to invite members of the public to offer any views and ask questions.  Commentary arising from the public information sessions will be reflected within the completed conservation management plan.  When complete, the Plan will represent a key heritage baseline document which will help to inform the future management and regeneration of the Boom Hall Estate by highlighting and recording the site’s significant built and natural heritage assets and characteristics.

The sessions, to take place at the Guildhall, Derry, on Thursday, 28 February, between 3 and 5pm and 6 and 8pm, are open to members of the public and stakeholders who are interested in finding out more about the ongoing conservation management plan.

Encouraging the public to attend, Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council Cllr John Boyle said the information sessions are a great opportunity for the public to get an update on the project. He explained: “Council last year commissioned specialist conservation architects to provide a detailed conservation assessment of the Boom Hall estate, the purpose of the information sessions on February 28 is to give the public an update into how this work is progressing and to get the views and observations from the public on the project. The Mayor further added that Council “continues to engage with other stakeholders who have an interest in and who are working on plans which incorporate the site, in order to ensure that their evolving ideas align with and compliment the site’s significant built and natural heritage characteristics.”

Karen Philips, Director of Environment and Regeneration with Derry City and Strabane District Council explained that the Boom Hall Conservation Management Plan represents a significant commitment by Council in helping to shape and influence the future management and restoration of this key Council-owned heritage asset.  She said: “Council is fully committed to the regeneration of the Boom Hall Estate ​as a key heritage and recreational asset for citizens and visitors. We are delighted to be working with the consultants on this prestigious project and to afford the public the opportunity of an update on this important project,” she added.

The two information sessions will take place at the Guildhall, Derry on Thursday 28 February from 3pm to 5pm and from 6pm to 8pm.

For more information please contact the Council’s Regeneration office 028 7125 3253 or email [email protected]