Restoration of Belfast’s Tropical Ravine
8 May 2018
The restoration of Belfast Botanic Gardens' Tropical Ravine, which involved major structural and landscaping works throughout the hothouse building and its parkland environs, is now complete.
Currie & Brown provided quantity surveying services on the works for Belfast City Council, focusing on stabilising the existing superstructure, replacing redundant installations, creating a new main entrance and reconstructing the interior walkways and paths. The building has also been modernised for improved energy efficiency. The restoration of the building will also protect and help to grow a variety of historically important subtropical and tropical plants.
The building was originally conceived and constructed in the mid-1800s by botanist Charles McKimm, and is believed to be unique in the British Isles. The two-level Tropical Ravine has had its Victorian features reinstated in order to preserve the look and feel of the original building.
Martin Doherty, project manager at Belfast City Council, said: “Upon completion of the restoration, we will be presenting an outstanding example of Victorian architecture, with improvements that will ensure its historic and architectural character is emphasised and that access is available to a wide audience.”