Castlewellan, County Down


RIBA Regional Award 2018

RSUA Design Award 2018

RSUA Residential Development of the Year 2018

RICS Community Benefit Award 2018 – Shortlisted Healthcare Award


RIBA Judges Citation – ‘This project acts as an exemplar both demonstrating a considered approach to development in the grounds of a listed building and a model for the provision of residential accommodation for an increasingly elderly population.



The starting point for Corriewood Private Clinic was the historic building that initially housed the residential clinic. Corriewood was purchased by its current owners in 1983 from Richard Annesley, a descendant of the Earls of Annesley who at one time owned the majority of the land in the Castlewellan area. After a period of renovation, it opened for business as a private care home in 1984. Corriewood House was listed in 1990 as a grade B2. The house inhabits a relatively picturesque setting removed somewhat from Station Road in heavily wooded and densely planted grounds. McGurk Architects design ensures that this natural setting surrounding the clinic infiltrates the building and its surrounding areas as frequently as possible through individual rear gardens attached to each residential unit, communal gardens and social room spaces with abundant glazed aspects.

Corriewood Private Clinic caters to many infirm patients suffering from dementia who seek a familiar routine and are assisted in doing so by contrast and the control of light in spaces. The ‘L’ shaped extension which forms a courtyard garden provides continuous views of the open parkland and the familiar rear façade of the B2 listed building. Internally bedroom doors were given individual colours in order to allow patients identify their own rooms and in some cases, door ironmongery was changed to originals from patients’ homes. The roof garden features purpose-built wheelchair accessible planters which allow patients to potter on the roof with plants which is both therapeutic and assists with rehabilitation.