Undertaking work on an operating ‘live’ hotel seems like a daunting prospect but Lowry Building & Civil Engineering Ltd from Castlederg, Northern Ireland, relished the challenge, pulling off a redevelopment worthy of the national title. Not only is the finished renovation a stunning and dramatic change from the original building, the effort Lowry Building & Civil Engineering made to ensure that staff and customers were undisturbed during the work was remarkable.
The brief set by the Silverbirch Hotel was for a renovation which would make them the number one choice in Northern Ireland for weddings and business functions. The project provided a complete redevelopment of the Drumragh Suite to hold 400 seated guests and an additional function space in the lower ground floor suitable for 700 people. The existing function room was demolished and replaced with a stylish, relaxed bar which opens up into a courtyard complete with mounted televisions and outdoor seating, adding yet another unique element to the hotel.
Lowry Building & Civil Engineering worked hand-inhand with the client throughout the process, developing an open and transparent relationship which allowed them to deliver the project on time and within budget.
Visits were arranged for the hotel staff during each phase of the build, to help familiarise themselves with the new surroundings and understand the approach of the construction project. Lowry Building & Civil Engineering had a constant presence onsite and were on-hand to deal with any questions and rectify any issues that arose.
The project was carried out in the very high risk environment of an operational hotel. Risks were identified, managed and controlled proactively by the Lowry Building & Civil Engineering team, allowing the hotel to continue to operate without affecting guests whilst still providing the highest quality, bespoke build for the client. The real testament to the success of Lowry Building & Civil Engineering is that thanks to the renovation, the hotel has already exceeded booking expectations this year.