Hillsborough Castle is the official residence of the UK Royal Family and the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland. Dating back to the 17th Century, the stately home and its gardens have welcomed countless special guests and witnessed many historic events, including crunch talks that led to peace and the Good Friday Agreement. In 2014 The Paul Hogarth Company was appointed as part of a £24m investment to restore the castle and its gardens, enabling them to be opened to the public while maintaining their official role.
Working with conservation architects and garden designers The Paul Hogarth Company led the careful transformation of the 100 acres gardens. This included restoration of the fine walled garden and rediscovery of the Lost Garden, with its winding paths and bridges. Major works were also required to manage the visitor experience, including a new visitor centre and car park.
An attention to quality and detail were the hallmark of The Paul Hogarth Company approach, involving an array of local suppliers and craftspeople. The project was also recognised for its award-winning stance on resilience and climate change adaption. Hillsborough Castle and Gardens are now a must-see destination for any visitor to Northern Ireland, while remaining a much-loved retreat for Queen Elizabeth and her family.
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