Warrenpoint Municipal Park
The project included restoration to the existing built structures and landscape features within the Edwardian park to improve facilities and maximise its use.
The park is an important example of a planned Edwardian/Victorian Town Park and the historic layout is largely intact. It is likely that the path network is in the same position and of the same width as laid out originally. The Park was designed by Thomas Smith of the former Daisy Hill Nursery (Newry) and has statutory protection by virtue of being on the Register of Parks, Gardens and Demesnes of Special Historic Interest, NI.
The bandstand has been designated Grade ‘B+’ listing by Northern Ireland Environment Agency and therefore has been recognised as being of national significance. This structure has outstanding architectural qualities and is unaltered since its erection in 1907. It is one of the best surviving bandstands in Northern Ireland.
The other buildings within the park- the Public Toilet Block (HB 16/12/002), the Pavilion (HB 16/12/030) and the Park Attendants Office are of local importance and are NIEA Recorded Structures. Their siting within the landscape provides a unique example of how the park was used and managed throughout the years.
Building 1: Pavilion / Interpretative Space
Internal remodelling and redecoration; dry-lining; new kitchen and sanitary facilities; external redecoration and new roof covering including insulation.
Building 2: Existing Public Toilets
Building 3: Park Keeper’s Store
Created a new internal opening; internal and external redecoration; block up 1 No. existing door and 3 part openings; renew 1 No. door; extend ramp and provide new balustrade.
Building 4: Park Keeper’s Accommodation / Bothy
Extension of existing building including new roof covering, roof insulation and dry-lining; new kitchen and sanitary facilities; new wall and yard; external redecoration.
Hard Landscaping Proposals
Works to existing paths to incorporate service runs, new drainage and furniture installations, the upgrade existing surfaces to a more appropriate and aesthetic finish.
Soft Landscaping Proposals
Removal and replacement of plants & trees
Re-establish grass verge on the planting belt side the walkways.
Street Furniture and Signage
A new coherent range of street furniture was installed as part of the works; seats, bins, park shelter, park notices and signage.
Children’s Play Area, Youth Zone and Outdoor Gym
New Games Area with Tennis Court
Tarmac surface removed and replaced with a new artificial grass multi-games court with removable perimeter fencing.
Miscellaneous landscaping features
Works to existing park railings; new boundary fence and gates to Children’s Play Area, associated bench seating. Seating to sculptural installation.
Services and Civils work
Improved drainage to paths and lawns throughout. General power, lighting, AV, sound and data requirements.
Repair and reinstatement of features
Ground works, Recreational Areas / Public Places