Mallon & Co. Solicitors, Maghera, County


RICS Awards 2019 – Shortlisted


“It has been, at times magical to see the local people of Maghera engage with the building and it makes all of us who work here feel very privileged.” Joe Mallon, Mallon McCormick Solicitors



The restoration of the Station Master’s House in Maghera, County Derry involved the adaptation of a regionally significant Grade B1 listed building into new offices for Mallon & Co. Solicitors. McGurk Architects’ design involved the restoration of the building’s primary architectural features and the assiduous integration of the beautifully detailed ‘porte cochère’ platform and waiting area to provide a new functional modern office space that re-engages with building’s historical use.

The completed design encloses the existing platform canopy, allowing occupation of this area and the provision of additional internal space for the client, whilst defining the entrance to the building on its new vehicular approach on the Station Road. This was achieved with a structural glazing “wrap” of the waiting platform converting it into a reception and waiting area for the offices. The frameless glazing system reveals the ornate engraved cast iron support columns and the original brick detailing of the original building behind.