NI Water to Commence Major Restoration Project for the Mourne Wall
24 May 2017 16:30
NI Water is about to commence work to restore parts of the historic Mourne Wall, which will benefit the scenic Mournes area.
The first phase of work, which is expected to get underway towards the end of May 2017 will see the restoration of a 2.5km section of the Mourne Wall between Slieve Loughshannagh and Slieve Meelmore which is surrounded by NI Water land.
Local experienced stonemasons will carry out the repairs under the management of NI Water contractor, GEDA Construction with advice and guidance from Mourne Heritage Trust (MHT). This project is part of NI Water’s commitment to the ‘Protocol for the Care of the Government Historic Estates.
Dermott McCurdy NI Water’s Project Sponsor said:
“During this first phase of the restoration of the wall, NI Water will be working closely with the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, our contractor GEDA Construction, local stone contractors and the Mourne Heritage Trust to assess the sympathetic construction methods employed, with a view to developing a wider 4-year programme of work.”
“To repair certain sections of the Mourne Wall, it will be necessary to transport stone and other material to site where it is not readily available. This will be done through carefully planned helicopter drops to agreed locations within the Mournes area.”
“This is a significant investment by NI Water and we look forward to working with and gaining the support of all our stakeholders, as we strive to protect the integrity of one of Northern Ireland’s most iconic listed monuments.”
Councillor Garth Craig, Deputy Chair of Newry Mourne and Down Council added:
“The council is delighted that work will commence shortly to repair parts of the historic Mourne Wall.
“The wall crosses 15 mountains across the Mourne range and took approximately 18 years to build, with completion of the original wall in 1922.
“This important project will carefully restore and improve parts of the wall, enhancing environmental protection and tourism in this beautiful scenic area.”
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Photo caption:(L-R) Desmond Patterson Chairman of Mourne Heritage Trust, Helen Anderson, Director, Natural Environment NIEA, DAERA, Niall McGovern GEDA Construction, Councillor Garth Craig Deputy Chair Newry Mourne and Down Council, Iain Greenway Historic Environment Division, Department for Communities and Dermott McCurdy NI Water Project Sponsor pictured at the launch of the restoration of the Mourne Wall