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Springhill Rewiring Project

Springhill rewiring project 2024 Side of House
Springhill rewiring project 2024 Side of House | © Gerrie Hammond

A major rewiring project on grade A listed, 17th century mansion, Springhill House is underway during it's scheduled winter closure of 2023/24​. Thanks to funding from The Wolfson Foundation and other prominent National Trust benefactors, coupled with relentless efforts from our dedicated team of staff and volunteers at Springhill, the project began in November 2023 and is due to re-open end of March 2024.

A project of this size and scale requires a great deal of interdisciplinary work, utilising the internal talent of National Trust staff, such as our Building Surveyors, Conservators, Curators and Collections and House teams. On large projects we use the expertise of external practices and at Springhill Consarc Conservation, an RIBA Accredited Conservation Architectural, Heritage Consultant and Surveying Practice were used to carry out in-depth condition surveys to the building. Consarc worked in partnership with Semple & McKillop, Mechanical & Electrical Engineers.

This innovative project aims to propel Springhill's amenities into modernity while elevating safety measures for guests, on-site personnel, and ardently contributing volunteers.

Open for Walkers

To ensure the safety of visitors, contractors, staff and volunteers, the main visitor buildings were closed to public access. To minimise disruption, this essential conservation work has been scheduled to take place within the normal winter closure period. The grounds of the estate, as well as access to toilets, remained open for autumn/winter walkers to enjoy free of charge, as is usually the case.

Open for Easter

Springhill house and grounds are open from Friday 29 March - 2 April to coincide with Easter holidays. Let an interactive map lead you through the magnificent Springhill estate, featuring engaging activities inspired by nature and local history. Along your journey, immerse yourself in the lush beauty of our surroundings as you create unforgettable memories with loved ones. A food vendor will be onsite from Good Friday to Easter Monday.

Latest project updates

November 2023

Packing and protecting

The major re-wiring project at the 17th century Springhill House began on Sunday 5 November 2023.  To ensure the safety of the Springhill House collection, it had to be packed away for the duration of the work, this was led by the Regional Conservator, Claire Magill, who worked closely with Collections and House Manager for Mid Ulster, Ana Copeland, and her team. Collections and House Officer, Gerri Hammond led at property level organising the packing of the smaller portable collection items and the day-to-day supervision of contractors. Local, professional art handlers, Grallagh Studios were contracted for the movement of larger collection and in-situ protection. 


In-situ protection

The collection remained within the mansion in a purpose-built storage room in the house for contractors to begin electrical work within the house. The electricians moved from left to right throughout the mansion whilst the team ensured collections were moved and protected in timely way and to National Trust standards. This is often time consuming with each item requiring a different style of handling, packing and care.

The Collections and House Team faced challenges of cleaning without electricity, giving access to contractors​ outside of working hours and had to continually adjust their ways of working to keep the project running smoothly. 

Materials and packing equipment have been recycled from other projects and reused to ensure a sustainable and efficient approach.  

This dedicated team have worked tirelessly since then to make the building safe and plan for the future.

Springhill rewiring project 2024
Springhill rewiring project 2024 | © Gerri Hammond
In-situ protection at Springhill
In-situ protection at Springhill | © Gerri Hammond

What will the update look like?

Springhill has retained its idyllic charm throughout history as it witnessed countless memories being created against its picturesque settings. Caring for this building has allowed us to appreciate how vital it remains today; revealing amazing potential within itself and local community groups that could be reignited as our narrative continues unfolding here.

The Entrance Front of Springhill, County Londonderry, Northern Ireland showing both pavillions and part of the garden at sunset
Springhill House at sunset | © National Trust Images/Matthew Antrobus

The Project so far

The project has moved on steadily since it first started in November 2023 and is on schedule to finish end of March 2024

1. Began with packing and protecting of collection and historic interiors

2. Contractor appointed in November 2023

3. Contractor started on site January 2024

Springhill Rewiring
Springhill rewiring project. | © Gerri Hammond

Involving the local community

We’ve welcomed over 70,000 people to experience Springhill House, and their responses have taught us how important it is to the local area. We’ve seen artists, scientists, engineers, designers, tradespeople, and young children all gasping in awe. Our vision builds on these responses to celebrate what survives and makes Springhill unique today.

The future of Springhill

Opportunity to get involved

As we move forward with the project, we’ll be seeking more opportunities for you to get involved – from hands-on exploration of the garden’s archaeology, arts and crafts, planting activities, to pruning of heritage apple trees and harvesting of local produce.

Guest experiences will be enriched while refining work conditions - adding yet another chapter to the fascinating tale of improvements marking Springhill's legacy over time.

Shrub with white flowers in full bloom September at Springhill, County Londonderry


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