2 Castle Street

Project Info

Construction Date circa 1825
NIEA Listing Listed Grade B2
Project Value Circa £740,000.00 (inc works 14 Shipquay Street)
Completion Date August 2005
Architect Hegarty Architects
Property Description:
Three bay three storey, originally full height single storey reading room, faced with dressed Dungiven sandstone.
Prior to intervention the stone façade at Castle Street had been over painted and all low level windows were fitted with crude external metal shutters. Prior to refurbishment the property was vacant, in an extremely poor state of repair with serious water ingress problems at parapet level.  

Constructed in 1825 the property, in conjunction with 14 Shipquay Street, was designed for use as a public library and reading rooms, being paid for by private subscription. The property housed the first telephone exchange and call box in the City, dating to circa 1889, with the call box being located within the newsroom area.  

Description of Works:

Repair of external fabric, reinstatement of architectural detail and re-use of historic floorspace to comprise;

  • re-roofing and lead work repair
  • removal of paint coatings to facade
  • the removal of external shutters and alteration of openings
  • Provision of decorative grilles and railing
  • Structural and sub-structural works
  • Returning vacant and derelict floor space to use
Use Upon Completion:
The completed property comprises; (inc works 14 Shipquay Street)
  • Lower Ground Floor Restaurant.
  • Ground Floor Office Suite
  • 3No. Retail Units
  • 6No. Apartments

Phase 1 THI Completions


Restoration, Repair & Reinstatement of Architectural Detail

2 Castle Street Prior To Townscape Heritage Initiative

2 Castle Street Prior To Townscape Heritage Initiative