Antrim Castle Gardens, Northern Ireland

Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council
Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council | 2013 - 2014 | Antrim Castle Gardens

Antrim Castle Gardens

This scheme was delivered by idverde within the historic listed walls of Antrim Castle Gardens as part of an overall restoration project.

ALCI Award Winner

The Project

We worked closely with MWA Partnership to ensure that all materials selected for the scheme at Antrim Castle Gardens were sympathetic to the surroundings.
Works had to be planned working around other building contractors at the same time and this was done through regular programme meetings with all parties.
The works were completed over an 8 month programme with delivery carried out in house using our skilled landscape installation teams.
Our landscape design architects worked with MWA to assist with the provision of all planting plans and landscape drawings to make the works a real success.


Our Role

The scope of works at Antrim Castle Gardens was as follows:

  • Excavation and site clearance works
  • Breaking up of stiff ground to relieve compaction
  • New infilling works to paths using compacted hard-core
  • Installation of new drainage works throughout
  • New lighting ducts
  • Importing topsoil to form new beds
  • Edging works using setts
  • New pathways consisting of compacted gravel and timber board edge throughout the woodland areas
  • Within the more formal gardens, new resin bound pathways were constructed
  • New shrub planting
  • New tree planting
  • Signage including information, directional and way
  • New street furniture works including seating, litter bins and feature sculptures
  • Installation of new granite and sandstone paving
  • Stone mason works
  • New fencing works
  • Low level lighting
  • New handrailing

The Results

This was an ALCI award winning project which is recognition for the high standards of works delivered on site. The gardens remain a popular and well maintained visitor attraction where the Annual Garden show is held, every May.