of Mourne Park
Following the devastating fire of 2013, which destroyed the central block of Mourne Park House, we have been searching for an economically viable, yet sympathetic way to breath new life into the derelict buildings. We needed a vision that was innovative yet safeguarded the architectural heritage of the house and gardens.
After many unworkable models and much frustration, we were fortuitously introduced to Mullarkey Pedersen Architects, an award - winning partnership of Grade 1 Conservation Architects, with accolades such as the Bishop´s Gate Hotel development, amongst many others.
Mourne Park Hotel
The ferry across Carlingford Lough effectively means that Mourne Park is now an hour from both Dublin and Belfast. It is the centre point or heart of the Kingdom of Mourne, an area currently being targeted as the next tourist hotspot in Ireland as detailed in the Tourism Strategy 2017-2021 by the local Council; Newry, Mourne and Down District Council.
Given that Mourne Park already is situated in a recognised arboretum, with a lake ideal for coarse fishing; a river stocked for game fishing; an 18-hole championship golf course within the estate walls, along with miles of walks in the glens and Mountains, it is an obvious site for a high quality hotel. Mullarkey and Pedersen came up with a design for the hotel around the character of the existing buildings and courtyards and complemented these with considered interventions. These interventions take reference from historic structures and built forms found within Mourne Park, some of which have been destroyed over time, for example the lake boat house.
In line with Planning Policy, the project sets out to achieve the provision of a sustainable and high quality tourism development that facilitates sustainable tourism development in an environmentally sensitive manner, all of which will contribute to the growth of the regional economy by facilitating tourism growth and the consequential ripple effect on local businesses.
The hotel is a multi-million-pound development generating an estimated 180 jobs during the construction period and approximately 140 jobs on completion, within the hotel, restaurant and function room and spa facilities. It is expected that additional indirect jobs will be created throughout the locality of Newry, Mourne and Down.