Lagan Group completes historic redevelopments

Lagan Group have completed major renovation works on a range of significant historic buildings across the UK, including the British Museum.

Through its company Welsh Slate Ltd, the Group has undertaken a series of heritage refurbishment works contributing to a £3.8 million restoration of the National Trust mansion house in Dyrham Park in England, a £12.5 million redevelopment of Cardigan Castle, Wales as well as a refurbished gallery in the British Museum in Great Russell Street London.

The Lagan Group which has a turnover in excess of £350 million remains one of the largest privately owned companies on the island of Ireland.

Commenting on the importance of refurbishment projects which account for approximately 35% of all construction output across the industry Michael Hallé from Welsh Slate said: “Welsh Slate has been involved in helping to restore many of the world’s most prestigious buildings including St Patricks Cathedral in Dublin, Buckingham Palace and the Government house in Melbourne, Australia. We can now add the British Museum to this growing list of historically and culturally significant buildings that we have helped restore for future generations.”

Major work on Cardigan Castle was undertaken to renovate the medieval building with roofing, walling and flooring from Welsh Slate featuring on the Scheduled Ancient Monument. At Dyrham Park, a National Trust mansion, 8000 Penrhyn Welsh roofing slates were used to reroof the 160 year old lead and slate roof with significant structural alterations completed on the Grade 1 listed British Museum to facilitate a new-look exhibition in a refurbished gallery.

Kevin Lagan, Chief Executive and Chairman of the Lagan Group added: “As a company that provides a full range of construction services, restoration and refurbishment projects are an important part of our business. With the history and heritage behind Welsh Slate it is integral to these activities with products remaining in high demand across both Ireland and the UK with strong export markets in Europe, North America, Australia and New Zealand. We look forward to continuing to work to help bring some of our most cherished historic buildings to life.”