SPAB Recognition for Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative

The Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative was one of three projects from Ireland and Britain to be shortlisted for the Sustainable Heritage Award at the inaugural Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings [SPAB] Heritage Awards.

Attended by over 230 people in person and a further 500 people online, the event was held on Thursday, November 3 in Conway Hall in London and hosted by Kevin McCloud, presenter of ‘Grand Designs’ on Channel 4 television.

Designer, writer and television presenter Kevin McCloud hosts the inaugural SPAB Heritage Awards at Conway Hall in London on Thursday, November 3.


Joseph Gallagher, County Donegal Heritage Officer said it is wonderful to see the recognition given to our Historic Towns Initiative in Ramelton.

“Of the over 70 heritage-led projects from across Britain and Ireland considered for the SPAB Sustainable Heritage Award, it’s a great accolade to be among the final three projects shortlisted for the award,” he said.

The Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative profiled at the inaugural SPAB Heritage Awards at Conway Hall in London on Thursday, November 3. The initiative was one of three projects shortlisted from over 70 projects across Britain and Ireland for the Sustainable Heritage Award.

The Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative was a collaboration between Donegal County Council, Ramelton Georgian Society, Dedalus Architecture and local property owners.

Fourteen historic buildings along Castle Street, Back Lane, at the Market Cross and the House on the Brae on Bridge Street, Ramelton benefitted under the Historic Towns Initiative.

All 14 buildings are Protected Structures or included on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and contribute to Ramelton’s historic streetscape.

A section of the audience of over 230 people from across the British Isles who attended the inaugural SPAB Heritage Awards at Conway Hall in London.


The conservation works undertaken included roof and chimney repairs, addressing structural issues, installation of cast-iron rainwater goods, reinstatement of timber sash windows and doors and the repair and reinstatement of historic shopfronts using traditional materials and informed by best conservation practice and historical evidence.

The initiative was funded by The Heritage Council, Department of Housing, Local Government & Heritage, Donegal County Council and local property owners.

The Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative has already won the Urban Design Award and was highly commended under the Sustainability category at the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland national awards in June.

The Ramelton Historic Towns Initiative is also shortlisted for the Heritage & Built Environment Award at the Chambers Ireland Excellence in Local Government Awards in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dublin on Thursday, November 24.

The lessons learnt from previous Historic Towns Initiative projects in Letterkenny and Ramelton are now being applied to works to historic buildings and streetscapes in Ballyshannon.

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